Margaret Davis helps children of Marines pursue higher education

Margaret Davis

This week, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awarded over 1,900 students scholarships worth more than $6 million. These children of Marines now have a chance to go to college, thanks in part to Margaret Davis, the president of the foundation.

A number of Marine sons and daughters are preparing to head off to college with a full ride, thanks to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In its 50 years, the foundation has handed out more than 30,000 scholarships worth more than $70 million.

“I can't wait to get to work every day to be able to make a difference in people's lives,” Davis said.

Davis has been at the helm since 2009, leading the foundation's most successful fundraising years in history, despite the tough economy.

“An education makes the difference in someone's life and often, as you know, an entire family's life,” she said.

Alison Span’s father was the first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan in November 2001—she is now at Pepperdine in California.

“She always thought her parents would be there for her and her mom unfortunately lost her life, her battle with cancer just a month after her dad was killed in Afghanistan,” Davis said.

Tatiana Pyle, the daughter of an active duty Marine is now the first in her family to attend college.

Tatiana always had a dream of attending Howard University and without this scholarship she tells us that never would have been possible.

Davis is married to a Marine and one of their daughters is now a second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Davis says she is proud to honor Marines by educating their children.

Davis came to the foundation after decades in non-profit and communications work. There is no public money for these scholarships, only corporate and individual donors.