News: Golfers help send Marine children to school
Story by Lance Cpl. S.T. Stewart
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – More than 200 golfers raised money for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation during the 14th annual Carolina Classic Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Cherry Point and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
This year marks the 50th anniversary for the scholarship foundation which set a record by raising more than $6 million and awarding more than 1,900 scholarships to Marine children last year.
“This tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers on the East Coast,” said Clint Nesmith, the national events director for the foundation. “We always have a big turnout, and it is great to see all the people out here donating money to help others.”
The golf tournament is held annually to raise money for children of low-income Marine families and children of wounded or deceased Marines to help pay for their college education.
This year’s tournament raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.
The foundation awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to more than 190 children in North Carolina last year, the majority of the scholarships going to children in eastern North Carolina.
“I love coming out here and playing golf to help out children in need,” said Michael Jones, one of the golfers in the tournament. This was Jones’ eighth year participating in the tournament.
The golf tournament is one of 43 events held by the foundation throughout the nation.
“We honor the fallen heroes by helping pay for their children to go to college,” said Nesmith. “We also have the Heroes Tribute Scholarship that is for the children of Marines who have been wounded or killed since 9/11.”
This year, more than 550 applicants qualified for scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 annually for college.
“Now we are primarily focusing on saving money to pay for children 10 to 15 years from now to go to college,” said Nesmith. “We have been successful for 50 years, and we plan to continue that success down the road.”
Interested parties may donate to the foundation or apply for a scholarship at www.mcsf.org.