Major Doug Zembiec and Major Ray Mendoza Memorial Scholarship
In 2007, Owen and Susanne West funded a scholarship to honor Marine majors Ray Mendoza and Doug Zembiec, outstanding infantry officers whose corageous service and extraordinary sacrifice are emblematic of America's heart. Zembiec and Mendoza were many things: Champion collegiate wrestlers, company commanders of the same unit (Echo, 2/1), true warriors who relentlessly pushed to the front of their units during firefights, and close friends. They were also fathers. The three young children they left behind are among the hundreds of children whose sacrifice must never be forgotten.
Doug and Ray are warrior legends within the tiny military community that is standing guard for the rest of us. While America's tastes have changed with regard to the public celebration of our combat heroes, its need to cultivate such men and women has never been greater.
While the initial goal of $250,000 has been achieved, each additional dollar goes directly to future students. Supporters can donate to the Major Doug Zembiec and Major Ray Mendoza Memorial Scholarship using the form below.