The daughter of a Marine assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) was one of 24 students awarded a Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Scholarship at the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in September.
QUANTICO, VA -- Tatiana J. Pile, daughter of Gunnery Sergeant Claude Pile, and fellow students in attendance represented more than 1,400 other children of Marines from across the country. Her father is assigned to MCSC’s Systems Engineering, Interoperability, Architecture and Technology.
The ceremony was hosted by Marine Corps General Robert Magnus (ret.), Chairman, Board of Directors, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; and Margaret B. Davis, President and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation.
“In a workforce that increasingly requires higher education for future success, it is our duty to provide educational opportunities to students whose families have sacrificed so much—in some cases all—for the protection of our freedoms,” Davis said. “The Scholarship Foundation funds children of the wounded, of the fallen, of the serving and of those who have served.”
Scholarships were presented to the students by General James Amos, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Sergeant Major Carlton Kent, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps; and Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, Scott D. Pearson.
Several other MCSC Marines joined the Pile family at the ceremony. They included Sergeant Major Ethbin Hayes, Sergeant Terry Walker, Sergeant Juan Chinique, Sergeant David Castiaux, Corporal Adrian Silva, Corporal Jareld Jarrell, Corporal Angela Gregory, Corporal Erica Burruss, Private 1st Class Andres Medina and Private 1st Class Rodolfo Estrada Jr.
“It was pretty nice,” Silva said. “We saw a lot of great people and those we work for.
Jarrell agreed. “There were a lot of heartwarming stories. We also got to see a lot of ‘higher-ups,’ which was good for junior Marines to see.”
Attendees included Sen. John McCain, Ariz.; Rep. John Kline, Minn.; Rep. Harry Mitchell, Ariz.; Rep. Phil Roe, Tenn.; Rep. Jared Polis, Colo.; and Gail Spann, mother of former Marine and CIA agent Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann, the first American killed in combat after Sept. 11, 2001.