Awards

Recognizing the academic excellence of students and faculty at Marine Corps University.

Each academic year, the Marine Corps University Foundation sponsors numerous awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of students and faculty at the Marine Corps University and throughout the operating forces.

The Gung Ho award is one example of Foundation recognition of academic and leadership excellence of Marines.

The recipient of the Gung Ho award is the outstanding Sergeant from each of the Noncommissioned Officer Courses across the Corps and receives an engraved Ka-Bar as recognition of this achievement.  Thanks to MCUF Trustee, the Honorable Kim T. Adamson for sponsoring this award!

Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence

Recognizes the outstanding Enlisted, Officer, and Civilian Educator within Marine Corps University’s Colleges, Schools, Academies, and Directorates each academic year.  The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence through the generous donations from the family of former Marine Corps University Foundation Trustee, Dr. Elihu Rose, made in his honor.

Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart Award

Recognizes a Command and Staff College (CSC) Marine Infantry Officer student who writes the best Master of Military Studies thesis paper as judged by the CSC Awards Committee on depth of scholarship, clarity of presentation, originality of interpretation, and applicability to the warfighter.  The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart Award through generous donations from the late Colonel Franklin Brook Nihart, USMC (Ret) and his wife, Mrs. Mary Helen Nihart, to support advanced professional military education.

Gung Ho Award

The Gung Ho Award was established at the request of the Enlisted Professional Military Education Directorate of the Marine Corps University to recognize the outstanding Sergeant in each Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) School class across our Corps. These Marines, selected by their peers, are judged to be the most motivated and inspiring Leader of their class. The coveted Ka-Bar knife, shown here, is awarded to each winner. This award is sponsored by Marine Corps University Foundation Trustee, the Honorable Kim T. Adamson.

The International Military Student Award for Excellence

The International Military Student Award for Excellence recognizes the International Officer student who has most contributed to the Profession of Arms at the Expeditionary Warfare School during an academic year. The faculty chooses the winner based on leadership, academics, professional development and overall superior performance.

Kenneth F. McLeod Award

The Kenneth F. McLeod Award recognizes a superior noncommissioned officer from 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment quarterly. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Kenneth R. McLeod Award through the generous donations form the former Major General Matthew C. Horner, Chair of Military Theory, Dr. Alexander S. Chochran, and Ms. Jeanette M. Antoniak in memory of his father-in-law and her father, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth F. McLeod, USMC, who was killed in Saipan in 1944.

The Oppenheimer-Stein Marine Corps Scholarship at Harvard University

The family of Brigadier General Harold L. Oppenheimer, USMCR, and his mother, Doris Stein, established the

Oppenheimer-Stein Marine Corps Scholarship at Harvard University in their memory. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to dependents of Marines who are pursuing undergraduate studies at Harvard University. Students who have been accepted admission to Harvard University and meet one of the below listed eligibility requirements may qualify for a scholarship award. Recipients must be sons or daughters of a Marine who:

  • Is on Active Duty, OR
  • Has been Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps after a minimum of five years Active Duty service, or died on Active Duty, OR
  • The recipient is a Veteran Marine honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

The Streusand-Cooper Writing Award

Recognizes a Command and Staff College student who writes the best paper on information operations or information as an instrument of national power. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Streusand-Cooper Writing Award through the generous donation of Dr. Douglas E. Streusand in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Streusand and Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Francis (Gus) Cooper.

Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude Award for Exceptional Scholarship

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Marine Corps University Foundation has established the BGen Thomas V. Draude Award for Exceptional Scholarship. These awards, given in honor of BGen Thomas V. Draude, USMC(Ret.), will be presented annually to two individuals enrolled in the College of Distance Education’s Expeditionary Warfare School.  From a group of highly qualified applicants submitted by the schools, the award sponsor selects a student from the Expeditionary Warfare School’s Distance Education Program (EWSDEP) and a student from the Expeditionary Warfare School’s Blended Seminar Program (EWSBSP), who demonstrated and sustained superior performance throughout the seminar program, and wrote an exceptional, highly thoughtful leadership essay.

Colonel I. Robert. Kriendler Memorial Award

Recognizes each Officer Candidate School’s Officer Candidate Course graduate who has the highest leadership average. The award winner is presented with a Marine Officer’s Mameluke sword. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the I. Robert Kriendler Award for Leadership through a generous donation from the late Mrs. I. Robert Kriendler in memory of her husband.

 

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!