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Widener Benefactors Establish Marine Corps Scholarship Matching Fund

Students attending Widener University on a Marine Corps Scholarship can now significantly increase their award thanks to the generosity of university benefactors Tom and Bonnie Bown.

Tom and Bonnie BownOn Veterans Day, the Bowns signed an agreement to establish the General Carl E. Mundy Jr. and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Scholarship Fund with a gift of $100,000 to the university. The Mundy Scholarship will match the amount students receive from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation up to $5,000 per year for four years.

"The Mundy Marine Scholarship Fund will provide much deserved financial support to the families of our nation's veterans," said Widener President James T. Harris III. "Initiatives and scholarships such as this have distinguished Widener as a Military Friendly School and a Best College for Veterans. We thank Tom and Bonnie Bown for establishing this scholarship fund and for their continuing, generous support of Widener University."

General Mundy served as the U.S. Marine Corps commandant from 1991 to 1995, capping a distinguished 42-year career in the Marines that included combat duty in Vietnam and service on the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as president and chief executive officer of the USO (United Service Organizations) from 1996 to 2000.

"By providing need-based scholarships for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, we are honoring their service while helping to educate America's future leaders," said Margaret B. Davis, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. "We thank Tom and Bonnie Bown for offering this generous opportunity through Widener that both recognizes General and Mrs. Mundy as well as ensures that a Widener education is not one more sacrifice the children of our military have to make."

Tom Bown is a 1967 graduate of Widener University, formerly Pennsylvania Military College, and a long-time university trustee. He said he and his wife chose to name the scholarship for General and Mrs. Mundy, personal friends, in honor of their distinguished service to the country and their deep commitment to those who served.

"Through their service to our nation and undying support of veterans and their families, General and Mrs. Mundy have distinguished themselves as true American patriots," Bown said. "This scholarship fund is our way of thanking them, and recognizing the service and sacrifice of those veterans whose children choose Widener to pursue their education."

U.S. News & World Report recently named Widener among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans. In addition, the university was selected as a "Military Friendly School" for the fourth consecutive year by Victory Media, Inc. earlier this fall.

Widener participates in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, and the university introduced Widener CARES (Children of Active and Reserve Military Personnel Educational Scholarship) in 2005. This unique scholarship fund ensures that the children of U.S. military personnel, who are killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, have the opportunity to pursue higher education.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the Nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat, or who have demonstrated financial need. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation visit

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,




Photo:  Tom and Bonnie Bown