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USS Indianapolis/Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship Application

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 was the pilot who first spotted the survivors and initiated their rescue at sea.

The purpose of the USS Indianapolis/Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship Endowment 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.

The scholarship is open to descendants (including 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. Previous award recipients are not eligible.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a descendant (including 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.
  • A copy of your most recent transcripts
  • Two essays are required for this scholarship. Essay #1 should be 1,000-1,200 words, and Essay #2 should be 800-1,000 words


  • To begin your application, create a new account in our scholarship portal.
  • If you are a current high school student, please do not use your high school email address when creating your account; use an alternate email address that you check regularly. This will ensure we have correct contact information for you after you graduate.