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In keeping with the Marine Corps tradition of taking care of its own, in 2011 the Marines of the Mike Spann Detachment, The Marine Corps League established the Johnny Micheal Spann Detachment, Marine Corps League Endowed Scholarship at The University of Alabama to provide financial assistance to deserving students who have a personal or family connection to the U.S. Marine Corps.


To qualify for a scholarship, potential recipients shall be undergraduate, full-time students at the University of Alabama who graduated from high school in one of the following counties in Alabama: Tuscaloosa, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, Greene, Pickens, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, and Walker and who meet one of the following criteria: (a) are Marines with an honorable discharge; or (b) are Marines currently serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserve; or (c) are United States Navy Corpsmen with an honorable discharge who have served with any Marine Corps unit in the Fleet Marine Force; or (d) are children, grandchildren, or un-remarried spouses of individuals, living or deceased, who meet criterion (a), (b), and (c); or (e) are accepted for or currently enrolled in the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course; or (f) are graduates of a United States Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program located in those same counties.


The endowment is entirely administered by The University of Alabama.  All scholarship applicants and recipients must comply with applicable University of Alabama policies and procedures in applying for and receiving scholarship assistance from the endowment.


Currently the endowment is being funded by the Alabama Marines Foundation, however, others (individuals, businesses or other tax-exempt organizations) wishing to contribute to the scholarship are encouraged to do so at any time.  By contributing you will help to enlarge the endowment and thereby provide additional financial support to Marine and Navy Corpsmen veterans and their families who have honorably served their country.  Donations to the endowment are fully tax-deductible and may be made in any amount. 


Contributions may be made in one of several ways: 


First, you may make your contribution at this website by clicking on the donations page and directing your gift to the endowment. If your gift is a memorial, please enter the name of the honoree.


Second, you may contribute on-line at the University of Alabama by clicking on and following the instructions there.  In answer to the question, “Where Would You Like Your Gift Directed?” click on “Other.”  In the block for gift designation, write in “Johnny Micheal Spann Detachment, The Marine Corps League Endowed Scholarship.” If your gift is a memorial, you may designate the honoree on that same page.


Third, you may call the Scholarship Office at the University of Alabama at (205)348-8108 and make your donation by phone.


Fourth, you may mail your donation to:


      The University of Alabama Advancement Office

      P.O. Box 870122

      Tuscaloosa AL 35487


When making your donation by phone or mail, please remember to specify that it should be be deposited into the “Johnny Micheal Spann Detachment, Marine Corps League Endowed Scholarship Fund.”


The Marines of the Johnny Micheal Spann Detachment and all members of the Alabama Marines Foundation are extremely proud that we are in a position to help Marines, Navy Corpsmen and their families in this way.  Your contributions will be deeply appreciated by the Foundation, and by all scholarship recipients.  Additionally, you will join us as we continue to honor Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann and his family.  Mike was a proud U.S. Marine Captain and later a CIA operative who sadly became America’s first casualty of the war in Afghanistan on November 25, 2001.

University of Alabama Scholarship Report




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