Awards

The Marine Corps University Foundation sponsors several endowed academic and leadership awards. These awards are given annually to outstanding graduates of Marine Corps University and Marine Corps Training and Education Command schools and quarterly to the Operating Forces.

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Dean’s Writing Award
Recognizes a Command and Staff College student who writes the best Master of Military Studies paper on a subject related to an instrument of national power other than the military, such as diplomacy, economics, or politics.
Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award
Symbolic of infantry excellence, recognizes the outstanding graduate of each Infantry Officers Course at The Basic School. An original, signed lithograph is presented to the Lieutenant as determined by his peers at the course's conclusion.
Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence
Recognizes the outstanding teacher at Marine Corps University at the end of each academic year. Each school nominates a teacher it feels is the epitome of an instructor, and then the President of MCU chooses the overall University Rose Award winner based on the recommendations of an MCU board. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence through the generous donations from the family of then MCUF Trustee, Dr. Elihu Rose in his honor.
Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart Award
Recognizes a Command and Staff College (CSC) Marine Infantry Officer student who writes the best Master of Military Studies thesis paper as judged by a CSC Awards Committee on depth of scholarship, clarity of presentation, originality of interpretation and applicability to the warfighter. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart Award through the generous donations from the late Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart, USMC (Ret) and his wife, Mary Helen Nihart, to support advanced professional military education.
Colonel I. Robert Kriendler Memorial Award
Recognizes each Officer Candidates School’s Officer Candidate Course graduate who has the highest leadership average. The award winner is presented with a Mameluke sword. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Colonel I. Robert Kriendler Memorial Award through the generous donation from the late Mrs. I. Robert Kriendler in memory of her husband.
International Military Student Award for Excellence
The International Military Student Award for Excellence recognizes the International Officer who has most contributed to the Profession of Arms at the Expeditionary Warfare School. The faculty chooses the award winner based on leadership, academics, professional development and overall superior performance.
Kenneth R. McLeod Award
Recognizes a superior noncommissioned officer from 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment quarterly. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Kenneth R. McLeod Award through the generous donations from former Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory, Dr. Alexander S. Cochran and Ms. Jeannette M. Antoniak, in memory of his father-in-law and her father, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth F. McLeod, USMC, who was killed on Saipan in 1944.
Oppenheimer-Stein Harvard Marine Corps Scholarship Program
The family of Brigadier General Harold L. Oppenheimer, USMCR and his mother, Doris Jones Stein, established the Oppenheimer-Stein Marine Corps Scholarship at Harvard University in their memory. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance for dependents of Marines who are pursuing undergraduate studies at Harvard University.

The Marine Corps University Foundation provides merit awards to undergraduate students admitted to or already enrolled at Harvard in support of costs associated with their education. Those awards are based on need and a parent’s honorable service while on active duty in the Marine Corps. Recipients must be sons or daughters of a Marine who (1) is on active duty, (2) has been honorably discharged after a minimum of five years active duty, or (3) died on active duty. Students who maintain a full-time status and are in good academic standing may qualify for a renewal of the grant for each of their undergraduate years.

A student who meets the above requirements should submit a written request by the second Friday in August of the enrollment year for the grant to the Oppenheimer-Stein Harvard Marine Corps Scholarship. Submit the following documentation: (1) A cover letter requesting consideration; (2) A copy of the Harvard Letter of Acceptance/ Certificate of Admission; (3) A copy of Harvard’s Financial Aid package, to include any ROTC Scholarship; (4) A personal statement addressing the student’s planned course of study and career goals, (these may change over the course of study); (5) A photograph or two – Senior / Class Yearbook photos work well; (6) A certified copy of your Father’s (or Mother’s) DD214 certifying Active Duty Service length, or A certified copy of your Father’s (or Mother’s) Military ID card reflecting Active Duty Status; (7) A resume if you have one – no need to create one; and (8)A copy of the final high school transcript.
Sprint Award/General Alfred M. Gray Trophy
Recognizes Outstanding Command and Control Leadership. The award recognizes a Marine Corps Captain for exhibiting outstanding performance and leadership in the Command and Control Systems field. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Sprint Award/General Alfred M. Gray Trophy through a generous donation from Sprint.
Streusand-Cooper Writing Award
Recognizes a Command and Staff College student who writes the best paper on information operations or information as an instrument of national power. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Streusand-Cooper Writing Award through the generous donation of Dr. Douglas E. Streusand in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Streusand and Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Francis L. (Gus) Cooper.
Lieutenant Colonel Vic Taylor Award
Symbolic of infantry leadership, recognizes the outstanding graduate of each Infantry Officers Course at The Basic School. A personal pistol is presented to the Lieutenant to represent his infantry leadership skills. The Marine Corps University Foundation funds the Lieutenant Colonel Vic Taylor Award through the generous donations from Lieutenant Colonel Vic Taylor, USMC (Ret).