The Mark V Monument Scholarship Project

The Mark V Monument Project originally undertook a mission to obtain the necessary Navy approval and private funding to fabricate and erect a 10 ft. tall bronze/granite JAKE monument at the entrance to the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida. The monument was completed in October 2012, and dedicated to all U.S. Military Diver graduates, past, present and future that go down in the sea to work. Military Divers are among the hardest working people that willingly labor at one of the highest risk and toughest jobs in country. They generally do not earn enough to bear the high cost of college education for their family without some kind of financial assistance. Therefore, the Mark V Monument Project is in its fifth year of a mission to generate funds that will provide scholarship assistance to the children, grandchildren and spouses of U.S. Military Divers. We are excited to now focus on this worthy mission and are grateful for the donations and volunteer efforts that enable us to operate toward success. We recently distributed the annual scholarship awards for 2018.

The recipients of the 2019 Mark V Monument Scholarships are:

Madison Dean

Her sponsor is her father, retired Navy Diver Chief James “Brad” Dean

“I would like to thank the Mark V Scholarship Board for giving me the opportunity to achieve my scholastic goals with the acceptance of this award. This award will allow me to attend Stetson University in the fall with a concentration in Biology, which I intend to use in my pursuit in the medical field. Once I receive my Bachelor’s Degree from Stetson, I plan to attend Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and enter the military to become a surgeon. Medicine is forever changing, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to change with it.”

Emma Vlaun

Her sponsor is her grandfather, retired Navy SFCM (MDV) Donald Smith

“Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of your scholarship award. Next year I will be attending the University of Connecticut as a member of the Special Program in Dental Medicine, as well as a member of the Honors Program. The money I received from your scholarship foundation will help me to achieve my goal of becoming a dentist. I appreciate the time and effort the committee took to raise money to fund the scholarships. My grandfather was a Master Diver in the Navy, and without his encouragement, I would not be the person I am today. Thank you for supporting students like me.”