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Michael B. Kessler
SPACES Scholarship Fund

In honor of his support and dedication to the Young Marines national youth organization, the Young Marines Alumni Association created the Michael B. Kessler SPACES Scholarship Fund. For 16 years, Mr. Kessler poured his heart and soul into the Young Marines organization. One of his many accomplishments is the creation of the Summer Programs of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments and Schools.  The SPACES Scholarship is a priority of the Alumni Association and this fund exists to allow Young Marines the opportunity to experience Mr. Kessler’s vision of SPACES and special programs.


For Alumni, some of our fondest memories come from the SPACES experience. Whether it is the lasting friendships created, the grueling cattle drive, or the opportunity to become SCUBA certified, these moments will last a lifetime. We were very fortunate to participate and it is time to inspire current Young Marines to do the same. Some can't do it without your help. Your tax-deductible contribution will help pay the costs of Young Marines' registration (currently ranging from $150-$1000 per event). In addition to receiving advance publications from SPACES Scholarship recipients documenting their experiences, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped them make memories in the Young Marines!

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YM/MGySgt Conner McKay

Thank you so much for your help and the opportunity.

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YM/GySgt Justin Cook

I want to personally thank all the adult staff and all the Young Marine teachers for teaching me all they know so one day I could be in their shoes.

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YM/Cpl Travis Finning

I am thankful that they helped make it possible for me to attend. I will remember this experience for a long time to come and am grateful for the opportunity to attend and to meet so many new people and share the experience with them.

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