Lt. John J. Griffin, Jr. / USS Emmons Memorial Scholarship

Two scholarships are awarded each year. One one-year $2500 award for an undergraduate student and one one-year $2500 award for a graduate student. If either the undergraduate scholarship or the graduate scholarship has no qualifying applicants, both scholarships will be awarded to the two highest qualifying applicants.

Mission Statement:

The Scholarship Program was established to help preserve, maintain and promote the legacy of the 60 courageous men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of their ship and shipmates on April 6, 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Their fighting spirit and that of the surviving USS Emmons crew members led by Lt. John J. Griffin was in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Navy and must be preserved for the benefit of future generations of Americans.

Applying for the Scholarship:

Applications for the scholarships are available annually to:

1) Direct, lineal descendants of one who served aboard the USS Emmons, and

2) Direct, lineal descendants of a sibling of any childless crew member who lost his life as a result of the April 6, 1945 attack at Okinawa.