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Aaron Seal Scholarship

Cpl. Aaron L. Seal Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship was established by the Elkhart Area Marines, Detachment 1397 of the Marine Corps League in memory of Corporal Aaron L. Seal, a 2001 graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School.  He was killed in action October 1, 2007, in Iraq.


Recipients of the Cpl. Aaron Seal Memorial Scholarship must have a home address in and be a resident of Elkhart County. They must be graduating seniors from one of the Elkhart County public high schools, or area private schools.  Homeschooled students that are residents of Elkhart County are also eligible. 


This year, the Marine Corps League is doubling the memorial scholarships to $2,000, which will be awarded to three (3) students payable over two (2) freshman semesters in the amount of $1000 each. They are paid directly to the student’s institution.  Recipients must remain enrolled, and not be placed on academic probation to receive the second payment.  These are non-renewable scholarships that may be awarded to a recipient enrolled as a full-time student at any accredited college, junior college, technical school, or trade school. 


Candidates must meet the following criteria:


  • Possess a minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average on a 4.0 scale over the final two years of high school attendance. This will allow students, who may have had poorer high school experiences in their earlier years, to qualify for the scholarships.  Cumulative GPA will be calculated at the completion of the candidate’s first completed term of their senior year.


  • Scholarships will be awarded based upon an essay of no more than five hundred (500) words on the subject of patriotism entitled, “How I Would Make America a Better Place.”  Essays will be evaluated on the following:  Patriotism, Passion, Feasibility, Execution and Articulation.


Scholarship applications, proof of GPA and proof of registration or acceptance from candidate’s chosen credited institution and essay must be postmarked no later than April 15th to:


                                                    Elkhart Area Marines, Detachment 1397

                                                                Attn:  Scholarship

                                                                 P.O. Box 2679

                                                            Elkhart, IN 46516-5101

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