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Virginia War Memorial Accepting Applications For College Scholarships

Scholarships Available to Public, Private or Homeschooled High School Seniors throughout Commonwealth

The Virginia War Memorial has announced that applications for its Marocchi Memorial College Scholarships are now being accepted.

These two scholarships of $2,500 each are available to any student enrolled in the senior class of an accredited public or private high school or homeschool program in the Commonwealth of Virginia and who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of his or her application.

These annual scholarships were established by the family of the late Rear Admiral John Marocchi of Rappahannock County, Va. Admiral Marocchi served in the United States Navy for decades in a career that spanned World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Legion of Merit, the Admiral was one of the few Navy officers to complete Army Airborne training. He also served as a trustee of the Virginia War Memorial for over fifteen years.

Applicants must also plan to pursue a program of study in a Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) at a Virginia public or private college or university that will lead to a career in any branch of U.S. military service.  Applicants are also required to possess an unweighted minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75.

All applications for the 2020 Marocchi Memorial Scholarships must be received by Sunday, April 19, 2020. Complete details, including application forms and a list of required documents, are available online at or by contacting Virginia War Memorial Assistant Director of Education Morgan Guyer at or 804.786.9700.


About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who have served in our military.

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About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  DVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans.  Today, DVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It also oversees the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit