Scholarship
The Marine Corps Tankers Association, as one of its core functions, offers a college scholarship program for Marines and Sailors who served in Marine Corps Tank Battalions and their eligible dependents. Service members or a former service member must be able to establish their assignment and service with Marine Corps Tank Battalion by official records. To be eligible, dependents must be able to establish a parent or grandparent who served in a Marine Corps Tank Battalion.  Relationships beyond grandparents are not considered for awards.

The Marine Corps Tankers Association Scholarship Program continues for 2017 as a core activity of our Association. This year, the First Lieutenant Michael LiCalzi Memorial Scholarship  and the John Corneius, Max English Memorial Scholarship attracted 19 exceptional young men and women. The number of applicants increased by 5 from the previous year. The quality of the applicants for 2017 can only be described as exceptional!

This year, as in the past four, through the exceptional generosity of The LeCalzi Family's Ace in the Hole Foundation, enabled the award of 7 scholarships in the memory of 1stLt Michael LiCalzi who gave his live in combat in Iraq, along with the crew of his M1A1 tank. Mr. Greg LiCalzi, Michael's twin brother, established the scholarship in 2014 in his brother's memory. The 1stLt. Michael LiCalzi Memorial Scholarship provides $3000 stipends to exceptionally well qualified college bound and university students who are dependents of Marine tankers. 

Five applicants were selected for the John Cornelius-Max English Scholarship. Three of those selected were continuations from 2016. Two other were new selectees. Each of the Cornelius English selectees will receive a $2000 scholarship stipend.   

For new and returning applicants-scholarship forms must be sent to Steve Chambers-Chairman, MCTA Scholarship Committee at 1922 South Freeman St, Oceanside, Ca 92054. Email him with questions to SteveChambers @Cox.net. (NOTE! pg3 of the application has an old address/email- we are in the process of correcting it. In the mean time, all scholarship related correspondence MUST GO to Steve Chambers at the address above!)

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply now!. The application process is detailed and requires a number of items; letters of recommendations, GPA information, school activities information ect. These need to get to the selection committee in a timely manner. Scholarship winners and notifications of awards will be done during April/May 2018. More information can be found at the bottom of this page.
2017 Scholarship Winners
 
Alexzondra Mattson
LaCalzi Scholarship (year 1) Alexzonda is a daughter of a career Marine Tanker. Resides in Va. Beach. 2017 Graduate of Princess Anne HS with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Plans to study medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon. During her senior year, she was president of the National Honor Society,Captain of the varsity soccer team and a member of the varsity cross country team. Recipient of the Cavalier Award for academic achievement. Named to the first team, All Conference Team for soccer. Volunteer at the US Naval Museum. Greeter and outreach volunteer at the Wave Church and outreach center thrift store.
 
 
Allison DeCicco
LiCalzi Scholarship- (year 2) Resides in Wildermere Fl. Daughter of a 8th Tank Bn. tanker. High school GPA 3.7. Graduated 12 of class of 648. Currently attending George Washington University maintaining a 3.7 GPA. Pursuing a career in computer science focusing on cyber security. member of the University Division 1 Water Polo Team. Volunteer with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Her 2017 application showed constant improvement.
 
Darius Mattson
LiCazi Scholarship (year 1) Resides in Va. Beach. Son of a career Marine Tanker. Graduate of Ocean Lakes HS.cumulative 4.0 GPA. Honors mathematics, English and Japanese languages. Scholastic Bowl Team Captain. Earned numerous statewide awards for mathematics, science, and technology. Place third in international Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Competition. Volunteer involvement at his Wave Church and National Maritime Center. 3rd Degree Karate Black Belt and accomplished Black Belt in several types of Goshen Jitsu. Darius plans on attending either the University of Chicago or Virgina Technical College. Plans on studying Theoretical Physics and Mathematics focusing towards a PHD.
 
 
George Papas
LaCazi Scholarship (year 1) Resides in Binghamton NY. His fater served in the 8th Tank Bn. Graduated from Susquehanna Valley HS with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. As a senior, named Student of the Year for his achievements in science and engineering. Received Student Presidential Academic Award 2014-2015-2016. Earned Scholar Athlete Awards for same periods. 2017 awards yet to be made. National Honor Society treasure. Varsity baseball catcher- 2016 All Conference Catcher. Overall achievements too numerous to list. Volunteer in his Greek community and as well as works part time in plum and heating firm. Plans on attending University of New Haven pursuing a degree in civil engineering.
 
Katherine Slaughter
LaCalzi Scholarship (year 2). Resides in O'Fallon, Il. Attending University of Alabama. Completing her sophomore year- maintaining a 4.0 GPA. major- elementary education with plans on teaching children with exceptional needs. Member of the University of Alabama Honors College. Active member of the Delta Gamma Sorority- a service club where she is the Director of House Management. Volunteers at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Preschool. YMCA lifeguard and children's swimming instructor and swimming team coach. In her spare time, she works as a waitress.
 
 
Micailya Mattson
LaCalzi Scholarship (3rd year). Resides in Va Beach. Daughter of a career Marine Tanker. Maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school. Currently in junior year at the College of William and Mary. College GPA 3.9. Pursuing a pre-medical curriculum with a goal of becoming a neurosurgeon. Currently studying in Denmark. Admitted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been on the Dean's List every semester. Active volunteer within the church and Campus Ministry. Volunteers at the American Sign Language Club. This is her 2nd time being awarded the LaCizi Scholarship.
 
Madison Cuozzi
LaCazi Scholarship (year 1). Lives in Clinton, Maine. Daughter of an NCO who served in the 1st and 3rd Tank Battalions. Attends Joseph P Keefe Technical High School. Maintained a 4.0 GPA. Plans on attending the University of Massachusetts or Worchester State University. Plans to earn graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Desires to teach children with exceptional needs. Personal interest in Down Syndrome and the autism spectrum. 4 year volunteer in Special Olympics. Gymnastics coach, teacher, and mentor of special needs children.National Honor Society in her junior and senior years.
 
 
Alexa Stopa
John Cornelius-Max English Memorial Scholarship (3rd year) Resides in Greenville, NC. Daughter of career Marine Tanker. Attends East Carolina University maintaining a 3.25 GPA. With her second year elevating to a 3.76 GPA. Pursuing a career in elementary education. Make a Wish Foundation volunteer.
 
Emely McLain
John Cornelius-Max English Scholarship (4th year) Resides in Jacksonville, NC. Daughter of a career Marine Tanker. High school graduating GPA 3.9. Enrolled in North Carolina Wesleyan College. Carries a double major of psychology and criminal justice with a 3.4 GPA. Outstanding athlete. member of the college volleyball team. Volunteers at the local soup kitchen, Meals on Wheels, and her church.
 
 
Jacob McCullooh
John Cornelius-Max English Memorial Scholarship (4th year) Resides in San Marcos, Ca. Son of a Marine Tanker from the 8th Tank Battalion. High school GPA 3.9. Enrolled at San Diego state University- 3.56 GPA. Dean's list every semester. Member of the hockey team and ROTC. Majoring in Communications. Active in the Methodist Youth Leadership Council.
 
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How to Apply for Scholarship
Complete the Application (pages 3 and 4) and mail the application along with all of your supporting documentation listed in the Application.  You may add additional pages if necessary.  Entire packet must be postmarked no later than March 15th. 
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