Generous Scholarship Endowment to Benefit Children of Military Families
Deep, life-long gratitude to The Hill is only one reason why Marshall Wallach '61 has made a generous gift of $1.2 million to endow the Wallach Family Military Scholarship.
Marshall also is motivated by his patriotism; by a desire to increase understanding between the civilian and military sectors of U.S. society; and by his belief that students who have been exposed to the life-broadening experience of growing up as the children of career officers will enrich the entire Hill community.
Marshall is joined in making the gift by his wife, Diane, and sons Marshall '05, Forbes'07, and Clark.
The Wallachs' benevolence will fund an annual need-based scholarship that can cover up to 100 percent of the student recipient's demonstrated need. The Wallach Family Military Scholarship may cover room, board, tuition, books, academic-related travel expenses such as those incurred for experiential learning opportunities, and other required educational costs such as computer purchases.
This scholarship is one of numerous funds (as noted below) created by loyal Hill families to assist students with financial need.
In particular, The Wallach Family Military Scholarship is intended for a highly qualified student who is the child of an active duty officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and whose family has demonstrated financial need.
At least one parent of each Wallach Family Military Scholarship student must be an active duty commissioned officer with not less than 10 years of continuous active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. However, the 10-year minimum can be waived if the student's parent died in the line of duty.
The student is qualified to receive the Wallach Family Military Scholarship throughout his or her years of study at The Hill if certain criteria are met annually.
A self-described "Army brat," Marshall said his family has long and strong military connections - and, in particular, U.S. Army Calvary connections. His father had a 30-year military career; he served under General George S. Patton in World War II and taught on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Marshall and his brother served in Vietnam, and their grandfather also was career Army.
Marshall noted that his family could not have afforded The Hill if he had not received substantial financial assistance from the School.
"The Wallach Family Military Scholarship is a way for me to give back to The Hill and to help another military family provide a Hill education to their son or daughter," said Marshall, a former Vice Chairman of The Hill School Board of Trustees and an Honorary Trustee.
Marshall attended 14 schools before landing at The Hill as a fifth form student, he said, noting that children of military parents often move frequently and experience life in many parts of the world. "By encouraging such students to apply, The Hill will tap into the leadership potential and world view of these students," he said.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Marshall served three years in the U.S. Army as an officer -- including one year in Vietnam -- before earning his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He credits Hill with providing the rigorous academic discipline that he needed to succeed both at Dartmouth and at Harvard.
"Confronting academic failure was not something I was used to prior to Hill," he said, adding, "Hill taught me how to study, and it raised me up academically."
Marshall hopes the Scholarship and resulting Hill experience will be pivotal to each recipient's life. He would like to get to know the recipients through occasional visits for lunch or dinner and through correspondence that fosters a meaningful, personal connection.
"I'm looking forward to having those touch points," Marshall said, adding, "It's also good for students to put into practice the good manners involved with thanking people who help them."
A resident of Denver, Colorado, Marshall is president of Wallach Capital Advisors and serves as a director of a number of for profit and nonprofit boards and participates in various community organizations.
"There is no question about Hill's influence on my life," he said. "I am excited about inspiring other students through the Scholarship."
The Wallach Family Military Scholarship joins existing targeted scholarship programs created to serve students from particular geographic areas. They include:
- The North Carolina Scholarship;
- The George D. Senter Scholarship Fund for applicants from the state of Maine;
- The Fayard Family Scholarship Fund for students from the Gulf Coast region, specifically Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama;
- The Waldo M. Allen '12 Scholarship Fund for students from Illinois; the Edward H. Clark '14 Scholarship given with preference given to students from the West Coast;
- The Oscar F. Soule '08 Memorial Scholarship given with preference to students from Africa; and
- The North Jersey Media Group Scholarship Fund.
The School is always eager to identify and assist qualified, high-achieving young people who aspire to obtain a Hill education regardless of their family's financial abilities. The Hill greatly appreciates the philanthropic contributions of our loyal alumni and parents.