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Our mission is to serve the children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty while defending the United States of America.

The Xavier Martin "Fill in the Gap"

Educational Scholarship Fund

The mission of the Xavier Martin “Fill in the Gap” Educational Scholarship Fund is to increase the educational opportunity of K-12 ASC children who do not have access to grants from other survivor educational resources. By assisting recipients with the cost of tuition, tutoring, and homeschooling, we intend to enhance their success and better prepare them for their future.

The Xavier Martin “Fill in the Gap” Educational Scholarship Fund is named in honor of Navy Personnel 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin. On June 17th, 2017, Xavier was serving aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. Xavier was one of seven sailors who lost his life when his ship collided with another vessel off the coast of Japan.

Xavier graduated from Lansdowne High School in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010. His mother wanted him to pursue a college education but Xavier chose to serve in the Navy where he quickly achieved the rank of E-6. In the aftermath of his death, his mother provided a memorial fund in his name, the Xavier Martin “Fill in the Gap” Scholarship.

“It is in Xavier’s name that we do this work, to keep his memory alive and the love I have for my son. It is my hope to change the lives of ASC children through education. This memorial scholarship fund will ensure that this will be a part of his legacy through ASC.”


Please review the information in our Frequently Asked Questions document (link opens in a new tab) to determine if your child is eligible for this scholarship. If you believe that you may qualify, please contact Heather Von Loh – Scholarship Administrator.


If you wish for your donation to go specifically to this Educational Fund, please use this link to donate directly to the Xavier Martin Scholarship Fund (opens in a new tab).