Colonel Gerald F. Russell Scholarship Fund

Providing scholarships for the children of Centre County veterans

Story of Fund

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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.

How Does it Help?

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.

The Scholarship was established to provide post-secondary education financial support to the children, grandchildren, or siblings of US military veterans.  Applicants may be graduating seniors from a Centre County school district, including St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

For more information about the specific qualifications of this scholarship, please click here. To apply, Centre County students should contact their respective schools.

Fund Size
Education & Lifelong Learning