The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is pleased to announce the selection of 30 outstanding high school and college students as the 2012 Dolphin Scholars. Each Dolphin Scholar will receive an annual award of $3,400 for up to four years of undergraduate study. This fall DSF will fund a total of 115 scholarships, including 93 scholarships renewed for the 2008-2009 school year, for an annual total of $391,000 in Dolphin Scholar-ships. The Foundation also awards the independent laura W. Bush Scholarship for children of crewmembers of USS TEXAS (SSN 775).
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1960 and awarded the first Dolphin Scholarship of $350 in 1961 to John L. Haines, Jr. The scholarship is available to children of members or former members of the U.S. Navy who served in, or in direct support of, the Submarine Force. The 2012 Dolphin Scholars were selected from 309 applicants. Final selection was based on three criteria: academic proficiency, financial need, and commitment and excellence in school and community activities.
Members of the military and civilian community comprised the Scholarship Selection Board, including active duty, spouse and education representatives and the DSF Chairman, Mrs. Dana Richardson. Of the 30 Dolphin Scholars selected, 22 were high school seniors and 8 were college students, 9 male and 21 female. 21 alternates were also selected, many of whom will benefit from the scholarship due to others being fully funded by the post-911 G.l. Bill and/or scholarships from other sources. Eleven of the submarine sponsors were from the enlisted community and 19 were officers. Congratulations to the new 2012 Dolphin Scholars!
A new fund for an endowed scholarship has been established in honor of RADM Thomas A. Meinicke by his family, who passed away earlier this year. Donations toward the endowment may be made directly to DSF either online or via check.
The Foundation greatly appreciates the support of our generous donors, yet we need to continue to increase our funding in order to grow our scholarship program. The Parents’ Circle and the The Haines Society continue to grow with the increased involvement of our past scholars and their parents. Please check our website frequently for updates on our ongoing fundraisers and sales.
JANUARY VIRTUAL RACE FUNDRAISER
We are currently running a contest for someone in our community to come up with the next theme for a virtual race, to be launched in January. The contest goes through November 30 and the winner will have the race named in their honor and receive a $25 prize. For more details and to follow the race progress after launch on January 15, please visit the DSF website, www .dolphinscholarship.org.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 2012 Annual DSF Golf Tournament, held October 4, was a huge success. We had exceptional turnout (123 players) and wonderful support from the waterfront and local shore commands. Over $36,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsorship and participants. Corporate sponsors included General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin MS2, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Dresser Rand and L-3 Unidyne.
Next year’s tournament has been scheduled for Thursday, October, 10th so be sure to save the date!
NEW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WEBSITE
We are very excited to announce a new website, the creation of which was championed by RADM Chuck Beers, USN (Ret.), our Board of Directors President and V ADM Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.), also a Board member. www.subforcescholarships.org will be a single point of application for Dolphin Scholarship, Laura W. Bush Scholarship, Nautilus Scholarship, USSVI scholarship and Bowfin Scholarship. With the goal of keeping the process as simple as possible for our scholars and alleviating the redundancies between our organizations, the young people we strive to serve will be able to apply online in just one submission for all scholarships for which they qualify.
For more information about Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, please visit our website, www.dolphinscholarship.org.