2024 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner Postponded until Spring 2025


2017 Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner honoring Senator Jack Reed

Your support at our special events assists Marine Corps University Foundation fund Marines at Quantico and worldwide through our Command Support Program.
LtGen Richard P. Mills, USMC (Ret) presents the Semper Fidelis Award to our 2017 Honoree, United States Senator of Rhode Island, The Honorable Jack Reed

In 1985, the Marine Corps University Foundation, then the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Foundation, presented its first Semper Fidelis Award.  In every year since, the Foundation has recognized a distinguished American leader whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.

Everyone had a wonderful time at the 2017 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner held on Wednesday, March 29, at The Ritz Carlton in Arlington Virginia.  This year we honored the Honorable Jack Reed, the senior Senator from Rhode Island.  The Foundation’s Trustees and Military Guest of Honor, the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller, USMC were in attendance among many other supporters of the Foundation.

Jill James Photography was on hand for professional photos.

To view or order any photos online, please go to the link below:

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The prestigious Semper Fidelis Award is presented annually by The Marine Corps University Foundation to noteworthy Americans.

Past recipients include Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush; Clint Eastwood, George Will, General James Mattis, the Honorable Antonin Scalia and Mr. Ted Williams.

See the list of former Semper Fidelis Award Recipients.

Events like the Semper Fidelis Award Dinner and Black-Tie Gala help support the Professional Military Education of Marines around the world.  You can make a difference in the lives of active duty Marines!

Please contact the Foundation’s Director of Events, Ms. Mattrice Williamson if you wish to attend future events,  She may be reached at (703) 640-6835 or by email.

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax deductible gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. Special events, such as the Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner provide funding that supports Marine Leaders and their Professional Military Education worldwide.  The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from our Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner, and those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!