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SMSA 50th Anniversary Campaign

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2021 marks 50 years since
the original Memorial fundraising Campaign 

2024 will be 50 years
since the Memorial Dedication


the Memorial


Memorial designer Felix DeWeldon addresses the

attendees at the the Memorial dedication in 1974.

He is watched by Admiral Ben Moreell.  


Add $2.2
Million to the Scholar-ship Fund

In 1971, volunteers organized the planning for a memorial in Arlington to memorialize the service of Seabees to our great country. Construction soon began and the Seabee Memorial was dedicated in 1974. The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association has been providing scholarships to the children and grandchildren of Seabees ever since.

The first Memorial Committee was led by Rear Admiral George Reider and the Father of the Seabees, Admiral Ben Moreell. The Memorial was designed by world renowned sculptor, and former Seabee, Felix DeWeldon, who also designed the Marine Corps Monument.

The first scholarships were awarded after the completion of the Memorial. Since then, over $6.5 million has been awarded to over 1,000 students.

During the Memorial renovation, the SMSA will update the inscriptions on the Seabee Memorial to reflect the deployments of the Naval Construction Force that have occurred since 1974 and add recognition of the women who have served in the Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps. The campaign will also raise an additional $2.2 million for the scholarship fund and more than double the number of scholarships awarded within five years.

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Honorary Campaign Committee:

Daniel DeWeldon-
Son of Seabee Memorial designer

Felix DeWeldon

All Former NAVFAC Commanders:

RADM David Bottorff, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Jack Buffington, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Katherine Gregory, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Michael Johnson, CEC, USN (Ret.) VADM Michael Loose, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Christopher Mossey, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Bret Muilenburg, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM David Nash, CEC, USN (Ret.)

RADM Greg Shear, CEC, USN (Ret.) RADM Louis Smith, CEC, USN (Ret.)

RADM William Zobel, CEC, USN (Ret.)

The second goal of the SMSA 50th Anniversary Campaign is to add $2.2 million to the scholarship fund. This additional investment will help fund the largest expansion in scholarship awards in the 50- year history of the SMSA.


In June of 2021, The Board of Directors of the SMSA announced a significant increase in the number of scholarships to be awarded each year. In addition to an increase in total dollars awarded each year, the scholarship awards will be tiered to a student’s financial need. This will allow more students to receive scholarships each year. This decision more than doubles the number of scholarships awarded over five years, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year and culminating in 224 scholarships awarded in 2024-25.


The SMSA awarded 105 scholarships in 2020, 119 additional students will receive a scholarship by 2025. The goal is to award 224 scholarships each year thereafter. With your help, the SMSA 50th Anniversary Campaign will raise these funds over three years.


To make a contribution or a pledge contact:

Dan Miller

SMSA Chief Development Officer (859) 327-1830

Ways to Give

Make a one-time gift

Donors can make a one-time gift of any amount

Make a pledge

Make a multi-year pledge of $5,000 or more.

Fund a Named Perpetual Scholarship:

  • Perpetual Honor Scholarship-Funded at $150,000 and payable over five years or less.

  • Perpetual Individual Named Scholarship- Funded at $120,000 and payable over five years or less.

  • Perpetual General Named Scholarship- Funded at $60,000 and payable over five years or less.

    Perpetual Named Scholarship donations are invested and earnings fund scholarships

Include the SMSA in your estate plans

Make a bequest, include the SMSA as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or add the SMSA as a beneficiary of an IRA or other investment.

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