Two military organizations for active, retired and honorably discharged service men and women have partnered to offer scholarships for college-bound students.
Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA9) and the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League Foundation have awarded $2,500 in scholarships this year, to continue through 2023.

“Partnering with the Michigan Marine Corps Foundation allows us to increase higher learning opportunities for more young people in our state,” said VVA9 President Paul Palazzolo.

Foundation President Donald J. McKeon said he’s pleased with this new relationship.
“Now that the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #9 has joined our scholarship program, we feel strongly that this new partnership will allow us to increase the number of scholarships we grant in the future,” McKeon said.

The recipients of the inaugural $500 scholarships are:

  • Alyssa R. Donovan and Jacob C. Donovan, both of Oxford
  • Kailey MacDonald of Huntington Woods
  • Lauren Murray of Berkley
  • Austin Tuohy of Collierville

The money is going to good uses.  For example, MacDonald, who is attending Saginaw Valley State University, said the scholarship will cover the cost of books this semester.

ABOUT THE VVA CHAPTER: Organizers for Chapter 9 trace the group’s history to the mid-‘70s, when returning veterans linked up to focus on health and other needs.

ABOUT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE FOUNDATION: Established in 2008, the Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League. The Foundation raises funds to support veterans in need as well as scholarships for students of Marine families.

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