USS Indianapolis/ Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship Endowment
In June 2002, Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way, conceived of and funded the USS Indianapolis Survivors' Fund Scholarship Program to benefit family members of the ship's crew and help preserve its historic legacy. In 2008, the fund was permanently endowed by the family of Wilbur C. Gwinn as the USS Indianapolis/ Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship. Gwinn is the pilot who first spotted the survivors and initiated their rescue at sea.
The purpose of the "Angel" Scholarship Fund is to preserve the stories of the ship and its crew. Prospective and continuing college students are encouraged to research the story of the USS Indianapolis CA-35 and write about their own families.
This scholarship is open to descendants (includes stepchildren) of USS Indianapolis CA-35 crew members involved in the tragedy- its survivors, lost at sea (LAS), rescue and recovery crew, and those who have merited honorary survivor status by the Survivors Organization.