Story of Fund
The Russell Scholarship Fund was established during 2006 by the Nittany Leathernecks to honor Colonel Gerald F. Russell, USMC (Ret), a patriot, humanitarian, and combat veteran of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Korea, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The fund was unveiled at a surprise 90th birthday party put on for Colonel Russell by friends throughout Centre County. Colonel Russell was a tireless community volunteer leader. He is known throughout Centre County (and beyond) for his various efforts which include the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, Centre County Toys for Tots, United Way Day of Caring, and many other programs that benefit the community.
Having witnessed the tragedy of war first-hand, this fund holds special meaning to Colonel Russell. This fund provides scholarships to the children of local patriots who have served their country with honor through their service as Armed Forces Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard.