The Marlee Foundation

Since 2015, The Marlee Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to graduating high school students of Special Operations Forces bound for college and trade or technical school. The Museum is honored to help facilitate the generous outreach of Mr. William Hale, President of The Marlee Foundation. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate tuition for college. Gifts are also provided for trade and technical school.

For questions or if you require additional support, please contact Lisa Fulton at (772) 595-5845 x 204.


The Trade & Technical School (TTS) Scholarship Program for Children of U.S. Special Operations Members in Cooperation with the National Navy SEAL Museum and The Army Unit Scholarship Fund


The Ernest and Gisela Hale Scholarships for the Children of U.S. Special Operations Members in Cooperation with the National Navy SEAL Museum and the Army Unit Scholarship Fund


The Tom Sellew STEM Scholarship for the Children of U.S. Special Operations Members in Cooperation with the National Navy SEAL Museum and the Army Unit Scholarship Fund

The 2020 Marlee Foundation Scholarship “Incognito Photo Contest” Winners Announced

The Second Annual Marlee Foundation “Incognito Photo Contest” winners have been announced. The Marlee Foundation thoughtfully knit this collage together and selectively solicited votes for the final ten $500.00 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year based solely on scholarship applicants’ “phone pic creativity.”

The image collage is a compilation of those submitted by students who were selected as recipients of the 2020-2021 Marlee Foundation scholarship awards. These images were distributed to a wide variety of judges comprised of military individuals, donors, foundation officers, and friends. The panel of distinguished judges was asked to submit votes for the students they thought submitted the most creative “incognito” photos.

These images allowed the Marlee Foundation and its contributors a glimpse into the personalities behind the applications, without revealing identities. The creativity of the top ten recipients earned them an additional $500 scholarship each.

All votes have been tallied and the winners have been announced as follows:

Numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 18.

Applicant number 4 had the most votes, with numbers 2 and 12 tied for second place.

Thank you to all of these creative, fun-loving young people who participated. The Museum extends our most heartfelt gratitude to the patriots who have contributed to our Scholarship Program via the Marlee Foundation to help make higher education possible for these deserving students.

2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Navy SEAL Museum is honored to offer a Scholarship Program in support of children of the Special Operations community. Receiving 43 applications, The Marlee Foundation worked with the Museum to gift over $100,000 this year to deserving students who are bound for college, trade, and technical school. Congratulations to our 2021-2022 scholarship recipients.

First Name School
Kathryn Virginia Tech
Cassandra Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
Gabrielle NC State University
Mary Sewanee
Virginia University of Mississippi
Callie NC State University
Kian Southeastern Louisiana University
Nicholas College of Creative Studies
Wesley Sandhills Community College
David Central Carolina CC
Sydney Kennesaw State University
James William & Mary
Jocelyn Grove City College
Audrey Point University
Karina University of Tennessee
Gavin College of William & Mary
Jessica UNC Wilmington
Ashley UNC Chapel Hill
Alston College of William & Mary
Erin Arizona State University
Michael Virginia Wesleyan University
Kaleigh West Virginia University
Luke Western Carolina University
Britton University of Alabama
Ha’ani Flagler College
Joseph Dartmouth College
Allison NC State University
Kelau Randolph College
Cayte William & Mary
Hayley Virginia Tech
Miranda University of Tampa
Valerie Florida State University
Jacob NC State University
Kyra Liberty University
Tierra James Madison University
Justin Appalachian State University
Tyler Tusculum University
Jenna East Carolina University
Paul East Carolina University
Jacquelyn Florida State University
Nicholas Virginia Military Institute
Fiona University of Mary Washington
Max Texas Tech University

The Museum is grateful for committed patriots like Mr. William Hale of The Marlee Foundation for his dedication to the higher education of children of the Special Operations individuals. Thank you to all who have generously contributed to this effort–an investment in the future of these bright and motivated young people.