The Department of Michigan MCL Foundation was established in 2007 to raise and collect funds for charitable and educational activities of the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League programs and to distribute those funds diligently within the mandates of a non-profit 501(c)3 agency as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundation assists the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League scholarship program, and the Department VAVS program.

These scholarships are granted to (1) children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and step children of a Marine Corps League or Auxiliary member in good standing; (2) children of Marines who have lost their lives in the line of duty; and (3) members of the Marine Corps League or Auxiliary in good standing or honorably discharged Marines in need of rehabilitation training not provided by government programs

The Foundation was overwhelmed with applications for the 2020 MI MCL Foundation scholarships due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic that has put a strain on many family budgets.  Accordingly, we could only award a scholarship grant in the amount of $300.00 to thirty-two (32) applicants.

These thirty-two students are attending twenty-two universities and colleges not only within the State of Michigan, but also the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota and New York.  Their course of study is diverse and ranges from Neuroscience, Psychology, Structural Engineering, Management, Videography, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Cyber Defense, Accounting and to Science in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.

Furthermore, in 2019 the Foundation entered into a partnership with the Detroit Chapter 9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America for a period of four years to jointly contribute for scholarship awards.  For the 2020-21 school year the two non-profit organizations awarded $300.00 scholarships to the following students:

  • Alyssa R. Donavon (Sophomore) attending Wayne State University
  • Jacob C. Donovan (Junior) attending Central Michigan University
  • Kailey A. MacDonald (Sophomore) attending Grand Valley State University
  • Lewis W. Smith (Freshman) attending Kettering University
  • Lauren Murray (Senior) attending Grand Valley State University

Lauren has been a recipient of the scholarship each of her four (3) years of study maintaining a GPA above 3.0 and majoring in Science in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies and will pursue a career in the non-profit sector after graduation.

The 2021-22 Scholarship Application will be posted on the Michigan Marine Corps League website in January 2021.

Timothy S. McGee, Scholarship Chairman, Michigan Marine Corps League Foundation