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Navy SEAL Museum Awards Scholarships to Children of Special Operations Community

Fort Pierce, Fla. – July 17, 2020 – For the sixth consecutive year, the Navy SEAL Museum is proud to partner with the Marlee Foundation to facilitate the higher education of children of the Special Operations community through the Museum’s Scholarship Program. This year, Trident Tuition Funds joined the effort, impacting the academics of preschool, grade school, and aspiring college students of the same community.

“We are so very fortunate to have the backing of the Marlee Foundation and Trident Tuition Funds in our mission to provide support for our Special Operations families,” said Rick Kaiser, Executive Director of the Navy SEAL Museum. “The Trident House Charities Program seeks to serve those who serve and have served our country; we cannot effectively do this without the generous support of patriots like Mr. Hale of the Marlee Foundation and Mr. Walsh of Trident Tuition Funds.”

The Scholarship Program exceeded its anticipated number of applicants this spring and was able to disburse more than $150,000 in awards to all who applied across the Special Operations community for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Awards are currently being distributed to the recipients throughout the country in various amounts, based on the applicant’s GPA, merit, community service involvement, and financial need.

2020-2021 Marlee Foundation Recipients are as follows:

Kathryn, Virginia Tech
Cassandra, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Gabrielle, North Carolina State University
Mary, Sewanee
Virginia, University of Mississippi
Callie, North Carolina State University
Kian, Southeastern Louisiana University
Nicholas, College of Creative Studies
Wesley, Sandhills Community College
David, Central Carolina Community College
Sydney, Kennesaw State University
James, College of William & Mary
Jocelyn, Grove City College
Audrey, Point University
Karina, University of Tennessee
Gavin, College of William & Mary
Jessica, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ashley, University of North Carolina, 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, North Carolina State University
Kelau, Randolph College
Cayte, College of William & Mary
Hayley, Virginia Tech
Miranda, University of Tampa
Valerie, Florida State University
Jacob, North Carolina State University
Kyra, Liberty University
Tierra, James Maddison University
Justin, Appalachian State University
Tyler, Tusculum University
Jenna, East Carolina University
Paul, East Carolina University
Jacqueline, Florida State University
Nicholas, Virginia Military Institute
Fiona, University of Mary Washington
Max, Texas Tech University

2020-2021 Trident Tuition Funds Recipients are as follows:

Mary, University of Central Florida
Violet, Loch Meadows Kindergarten
Julie, Regent University
Kupono, Island Pacific Academy
Kalena, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama
Haylee, St. Paul’s Lutheran School
John Paul, St. Paul’s Lutheran School
Michael, Virginia Wesleyan University
Adrian, Cape Henry Collegiate
Maximillian, Christ Church Day School
Meredith, Norfolk Christian School
Tyler, Norfolk Christian School
Nicholas, Norfolk Christian School
Tyler, Fauquier High School
Sage, Tusculum University
Hannah, Norfolk Christian School
Wade, Old Dominion University
Dean, Nativity Catholic School
Lozen, Nativity Catholic School
Kennedy, Cape Henry Collegiate
Corbin, Norfolk Collegiate School
Noah, Saint Edwards School
Gavin, St. Pius Catholic School
Harper Rose, St. Pius Catholic School
Gabriel, St. Pius Catholic School
Harper, Primrose School at Cahoon Commons
Addison, St. Gregory the Great
Liam, Catholic High School
Kailyn, Cape Henry Collegiate
Keely, St. John’s Catholic School
Kenneth, St. John’s Catholic School
Keira, St. John’s Catholic School
Erin, St. John’s Catholic School
Nadia, Arizona State University
Brannoc, Cape Henry Collegiate
Sophia, Fellowship Christian Academy
Christian, Berwick Academy
Kai, Berwick Academy
Dea, St. Regis Elementary School
Willem, George Washington University
Ashley, St. Paul the Great Catholic High School
Benjamin, George Washington University

To learn more about the Scholarship Program or to donate please visit

About The Marlee Foundation
The Marlee Foundation formally received its 501(c)(3) status in September of 2015 as a charitable organization set-up to help veterans, animals, and children. Divided into three distinct awards, the Marlee Foundation provides scholarships for the higher education of children of Special Operations members. Potential recipients may apply for the Earnest and Gisela Hale Scholarship (EGHS), the Tom Sellew “Shine-a-Light” Scholarship (TSSAL)-STEM or the Trade and Technical School Scholarship (TTSS), depending on their academic interest and eligibility. Based on GPA, merit, and community service, awards in various dollar amounts are given annually for students entering college or trade/technical school.

About Trident Tuition Funds
Established for the 2020-2021 academic year, Trident Tuition Funds’ is to provide financial support to the dependents of Naval Special Warfare individuals in three different ways. The three tips of this Trident spear are to provide the children of Special Operations access to private education for preschool, provide a private education of those Kindergarten through 12th grade, and to help college students bridge the cost of tuition. Multiple awards in various dollar amounts are awarded annually. Awards are granted primarily based on financial need and/or hardship.

About The Trident House Charities Program
The Trident House Charities Program is the heart of the Navy SEAL Museum’s mission, serving the families of Naval Special Warfare. Comprised of four pillars–the Trident House respite house in Fort Pierce, Florida; the Scholarship Program for the education of children of Special Operations individuals; the K9 Project for the donation of working dogs; and Direct Family Support to fill in gaps beyond Federal support– the Trident House Charities Program is funded by the generous contributions of donors who care for those who have served, those who continue to protect our country, and for the families who have lost loved ones to combat or related training.

About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.


The Navy SEAL Museum
For further information, contact:
Elaine Ryan
Phone: (772) 595-5845
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