USS Scorpion (SSN 589) Scholarship Endowment Drive

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On May 22, 1968, USS Scorpion (SSN 589) was lost on its way home to Norfolk after a Mediterranean deployment during the Cold War. All ninety-nine men aboard perished in the incident. In anticipation of the 55th anniversary, a lead donation was made to establish the USS Scorpion (SSN 589) Scholarship – a named Dolphin Scholarship open to qualified children and spouses of the members or former members of the Submarine Force or those who have served in submarine support activities.

A lead gift of $17,500 made by a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, kicks off the USS Scorpion (SSN 589) Scholarship endowment drive. The donor has pledged to match donations up to $35,000 to fully endow the scholarship at $87,500. The goal is to fund the scholarship while marking the 55th anniversary of tragedy on May 22, 2023.

Although no donation is too small or too large, in honor of those who served on Scorpion, the following donation levels listed below have been established:


Remember the year: $19.68

Mark the passage of time: $55.00

Honor the souls lost onboard: $99.00

Tribute to USS Scorpion (SSN 589): $589.00


Donations may be made HERE or mailed to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation office at 4966 Euclid Rd Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Thank you for honoring the men standing watch on eternal patrol on USS Scorpion.


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DSF Announces the Haines Society Scholarship Drive

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With only 34% of applicants selected, earning the title of Dolphin Scholar is a remarkable achievement. Dolphin Scholars go on to become outstanding members of their communities and professions. This year, over six decades of former and current scholars are invited to join forces and bestow the honor of Dolphin Scholar on one more highly qualified student. These funds will be used to award a Haines Society Scholarship, named after our first scholar in 1960, John Haines. It will be awarded to a future Dolphin Scholar, making the cost burden of higher education a little lighter as they pursue their academic goals. If you would like to contribute, please click HERE or mail a check to Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Rd, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Don’t forget to give us an update on your life – professional or personal. We love reconnecting with past scholars and hearing your success stories!


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