With every dream pursued,

their memory lives on.

Dear Supporters,


Since our founding in 2003, the Memorial Scholarship Foundation has awarded 99 scholarships totaling $121,450 to qualified descendants of 2/47, 3/47 and 4/47 Vietnam veterans. We are humbled by the generosity of our veteran brothers who have contributed to our Foundation through dedicated donations, passing the hat and buying raffle tickets at our reunions.


Unfortunately, our success in awarding scholarships to deserving young people has outstripped our ability to raise enough funds to continue our mission. As such, we have distributed all our remaining funds to our 2018 recipients and dissolved our Memorial Scholarship Foundation. To see all 24 of our 2018 scholarship recipients, please visit the 47th Infantry Regiment Association’s website at www.47inf.org and click on “2018 Memorial Scholarship Awards."


We’re proud to say that in keeping with the provisions of our Constitution and Bylaws, every single dollar that was contributed to our Foundation over the years went towards scholarships. All administrative costs were paid for out-of-pocket by our Board of Trustees and Scholarship Committee members – brothers from all battalions to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their tireless service. We would especially like to recognize the following for their dedicated efforts:


Chuck Elder, Foundation Chairman

JaWan Thompson, Treasurer

Dick Brown (deceased), Committee Chairman

Frank Begovich, Trustee & Committee Member

Russ Vibberts, Trustee & Committee Member

Doug Smith, Trustee

Reb Turner, Committee Member


We deeply appreciate all the financial and moral support we've received over the past 15 years, and are pleased to say that we achieved our purpose of “providing funds to attend a college, university, vocational/technical school or other qualified institution of higher education to descendants of current and deceased Vietnam veterans of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions (Mechanized) 47th Infantry Regiment.”


We hope you share our pride in what we’ve accomplished.



Chuck Elder

Memorial Scholarship Foundation Chairman

Vietnam Veterans of the 2nd Bn 47th Infantry Regiment 9th Division

Memorial Scholarship Foundation

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