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DRi Congratulates General Robert Ruark and MCSF

DRi congratulates Lieutenant General Robert Ruark and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for General Ruark’s appointment as MCSF CEO. A 36 year veteran of the Marines, General Ruark will continue his commitment to Marines and their families for the foreseeable future.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children. MCSF is the oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, and the only scholarship program awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. In its over 50 year history, it has awarded more than 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $120 million.

The next MCSF CEO would have to be just as innovative as he/she was dedicated. In the next decade alone, more than 100,000 children of Marines will graduate high school, and face ever-increasing costs of higher education. Applicants have grown more than 5% every year for the past decade, and a potential application growth rate of 7% is expected over the next 5 years. To meet this growing need, the next MCSF CEO would have to lead the development, communications, and events team in marshaling support from every possible opportunity.

From many qualified and impressive candidates, General Ruark emerged as the candidate who’s leadership, innovation, and passion would expertly guide the Foundation during this critical time. He most recently served as the Military Director to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this role, he oversaw a global staff of over 32,000 civilians, military personnel, and contractors. This role, along with General Ruark’s service as Director of Logistics for the Joint Staff and US Central Command, gave him an unmatched mastery of operational functions that the MCSF CEO would need to provide overall strategic guidance to the Foundation’s staff and finances. General Ruark received his B.S. from Miami University and his Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.

DRwas proud to work with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and is eager to see the impact that General Ruark and the Foundation have on military families across the country.

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