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Joe Brisson Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Sharing passions with future generations is demonstrated through the scholarship endowment honoring the memory of Joe Brisson. 

A local athlete and soccer player, Joe had an adventurous spirit and a zest for life that carries on through the high school senior recipients of this scholarship.

What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.

USS Indianapolis/ Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship Application

To apply, read this page completely and then complete an online application (link at the bottom of the page).  You must also complete the essay form (link below), and email to gthornbury@gtrcf.org. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.  No late applications will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a competitive process and each application will be evaluated thoroughly.  The application process is open to any age college student, however, previous award recipients are not eligible. The applications will be reviewed in the spring by a committee of Survivors and Second Watch members (Click here to visit the Second Watch website).  Recipients will be notified soon after, and awards will be sent directly to the educational institution in the fall.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a descendant (includes stepchildren) of a survivor, honorary survivor, lost at sea (LAS) or rescue crew.
  • Attend or be a prospective full-time attendee of an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university.
  • Academic performance- including GPA- will be considered.  A GPA of 3.0 and above is preferred. Please send most recent transcripts to gthornbury@gtrcf.org prior to the March 31 deadline.
  • Preferably a member of Second Watch.


Two essays are required for this scholarship, using the essay form (download by clicking the link below). They should be uniquely different from one another. There are specific word count requirements for each essay. Please note that any essays not meeting the specific word count criteria will not be considered, and the application scores will be adversely affected. Essays are also evaluated on grammar, originality, factual correctness, and thoughtful reflection.

Click here to download the essay form. Once completed, email the form to gthornbury@gtrcf.org prior to the March 31 deadline. Your application will not be considered complete without the essays.




What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
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