Washington, DC- Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) received the Semper Fidelis Award in recognition of her support for U.S. Service members and their families.  The award was presented at the 25th annual Marine Corps Scholarship Gala in Washington, DC.  Only one individual receives the award each year and Granger is the first Texan to be recognized with this honor.  Past recipients of the award include Senator John Warner (R-VA), Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA), and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).

“This is a humbling honor to receive this award,” Granger said.  “If we don’t take care of our military families we are not taking care of our troops.  Programs for military families can be just as important to our success on the battlefield as funds spent on body armor and weapons.  I am proud to have played a small role in making sure our country serves the families the same way the military community serves us.”

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation makes it possible for many children of fallen Marines to receive the higher education they deserve.  Over $4 million was given in scholarships to 1,400 students from 2010 to 2011 alone.  The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has been providing scholarships for 25 years.  They have awarded over 25,000 need-based scholarships valued at more than $60 million since the organization’s founding in 1962.