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Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson and his son, Ty, attended the 51th annual United States Marine Corps Scholarship Ball, which took place in April at the Grand Ballroom of the New York City Hilton Hotel.
Hudson, a Marine Corps Iwo Jima veteran, and his deceased wife, Maureen, were honored by Col. (Ret.) Jim Pritzker with a $10,000 memorial scholarship given to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in their name.
Since 1962, the Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships, valued at over $70 million. For the 2012-2013 academic years, the Foundation has awarded over $6 million to 1,909 recipients. In addition, through the “Heroes Tribute Scholarship Award,” the Foundation has contributed a total of $30K to the children of Marines killed in the global war on terror.
“Since 1962, this scholarship fund has demonstrated exceptional fidelity to Marine families through financial assistance for education of their deserving children,” General J.F. Amos, commandant USMC, said.
Hudson and his son enjoyed attending the event alongside Marine officers, enlisted men, CEOs of American corporations, as well as relatives and friends of the Corps. During the event, they met General James Mattis, the main speaker, General James Jones, former Commandant of the Corps, wounded Marines that had just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and several former recipients of scholarships provided by the Foundation.
The theme of the evening was “Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.”