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Marine Corps -- Law Enforcement Foundation

Educating the children of those who sacrificed all.

Scholarships to children of Marines and Federal law enforcement personnel who die while on active duty. Over $72 million awarded since 1995. 98.6% of every dollar goes toward the mission.

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Why should I support your work?

Every donation is appreciated and adds up.  The scholarships we award will be used by children in many years to come to further their education while instilling a sense of patriotism, honor and respect for those who serve. 

Why does your charity exist?

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation provides educational assistance to the children of fallen United States Marines and federal law enforcement agents. Since our founding in 1995, MC-LEF has awarded over $72 million in scholarships and other humanitarian assistance, and supported over 3,900 children.

We currently provide $30,000.00 in a scholarship account for each child who has lost a parent while serving in the United States Marine Corps or any Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Additionally, MCLEF provides humanitarian aid to both Marine and law enforcement families in need. This support may include financial support for mentally or physically disabled children of active duty Marines or Navy Corpsman. Financial assistance may be considered for law enforcement families who have experienced extreme hardship due to unexpected costs as a result of injury or illness.

Our Foundation employs only one part time employee. The bulk of our work is performed by volunteers and we are truly blessed to have many volunteers who run varied events to help raise funds. We work very hard to ensure a very low overhead and an efficient use of your donation dollars. We strongly believe in getting benefits to the children as soon as possible after their tragic loss, and believe it is important for these families to understand that their fellow Americans stand with them at this difficult time. We generally present the scholarships within eight weeks of their loss.

MC-LEF is an approved IRS 501(c) 3 organization that has been recognized for its excellence and efficiency by the lndependent Charities of America.

Please visit our website at for more information. We appreciate this opportunity and hope you can join us in supporting our mission of “Educating the Children of Those Who Sacrificed All”.

What specifically do you do?

MC-LEF provides a $30,000 scholarship to every child of a fallen United States Marine or Federal Law Enforcement Officer who has died while serving on active duty.

In 2017 alone, MCLEF awarded aid to 88 recipients totaling over $1.9 million. The Marine Corps suffered tragic air mishaps in 2017; most recently we lost 15 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman in the KC 130 crash in Mississippi.  There were 13 children left behind.

MCLEF was also contacted by the FBI regarding six agents who died prematurely due to cancer-related ilnesses caused by working conditions at the 9/11 sites (Ground Zero, Shanksville and The Pentagon). MCLEF immediately stepped up and awarded ten $30,000 scholarships to the younger children left benhind and has commited to $240,000 in direct college payments to those already attending college.

MCLEF continues to pay for cranial helmets required by children of Marine's or Navy Corpsmen. We have funded four cranial helments for babies in 2017.


How will this make a difference?

The scholarships are intended to demonstrate to the families that their loved one’s sacrifice serving our great country is not taken for granted and is sincerely appreciated.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

Our scholarships are awarded within weeks of the tragedy.  We do not require families to apply for the scholarship years later when the child is entering college nor do we require that the family meet certain financial qualifications to receive this support.

What have you accomplished?

Since 1995, MC-LEF has awarded over $72 million in scholarships and humanitarian aid.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

We employ only one part time employee and are extremely diligent in fiscal overview.  We are proud to say that over 98% of all monies received are used to meet our mission.