ALEXANDRIA, VA – Veteran Marine and Chairman of the Schoen Charitable Foundation, William “Bill” Schoen was honored with the distinguished Semper Fidelis Award at the 33rd Annual National Capital Area Celebratory Gala. In the spirit of the award’s meaning, “always faithful,” Schoen was commemorated for his countless contributions to the Marine Corps community and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s mission to empower Marine children in their pursuit for a higher education.
Hosted by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the event brought together over 300 guests, including senior leaders of the Marine Corps, Members of Congress, Washington Dignitaries, and scholarship award recipients.
“The goal is to empower recipients to thrive and encourage them to better their lives by succeeding in reaching their goals. Equally important is for each recipient to know that the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is there to provide help with the resources they need,” said Schoen about the intention behind the evening’s cause. “Once a Marine – always a Marine.”
Bill Schoen served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1961. He is a member of the Founders’ Group of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the Advisory Cabinet of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s American Patriots Campaign. He currently serves on the Business Advisory Council of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert School of Business and the Business Advisory Council of the USC Marshall School of Business and has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2005. USC Alumni chose Bill to receive the Asa V. Call Achievement Award for 2016 which is the highest award bestowed by the alumni.
The annual gala event that celebrates Marine families and the educational access provided for their children is a long-standing tradition that underscores the Scholarship Foundation’s mission to impact Marine families for generations to come.
Schoen describes the recipients of the scholarships as individuals who “display a unique sense of dedication, honor, pride and resourcefulness.”