Pictured (L_R): Margaret Davis, president and CEO, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF); David Shulkin, secretary, Veterans Affairs, MCSF; Bob Deforge, director, Navy/Marine Corps Programs, Pratt & Whitney; Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Earl Hailston, chair, Scarlet and Gold Committee; Gen. (Ret.) John Kelly, secretary, Department of Homeland Security; and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) George Trautman, chairman, MCSF.
As a company, Pratt & Whitney prides itself on supporting and providing opportunities for military veterans. Col. (Ret.) Bob Deforge, director, Navy/Marine Corps Programs promoted these values recently while representing Pratt & Whitney at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s 31st Annual Celebratory Gala. Pratt & Whitney was a top-tier sponsor of the event.
The Gala, emceed by CNN’s Jake Tapper, brought together senior leadership of the Marine Corps, Washington dignitaries, members of Congress and Scholarship recipients to recognize Marines by enabling their children to pursue their dreams of a college education.
Deforge leads fundraising for the D.C. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Scarlet and Gold Committee which is responsible for working with more than a dozen defense industry representatives to help shape and guide strategies to leverage donor prospects recommended by each committee member. The Committee exceeded this year’s fundraising goal established by the national Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation organization. Deforge also serves as the Gala chair.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for military children. Since its inception, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has awarded $120 million in scholarships to 40,000 recipients.