Gold Star Family Support Scholarships in Memory of...
Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarship
These are the words of Andrew Bateman. His friend and cousin Captain Philip J. Dykeman USMC was killed in Iraq June 26, 2008. Phil died at the young age of 38 leaving behind his wife of almost 10 years, 3 children - Austin, 9; Emilee, 6 and Ashlee, 6 and an extended family stretching across the country that miss him dearly with every passing day. 'Captain Phil', as his troops called him, served as a Marine for 17 years. His service took him to over 20 countries across the world. Captain Dykeman gave his life for our Country and now it is time to give back.
"Every time my feet hit the ground, I think of Phil and I am able to run just a little bit faster and just a little bit farther. He is my inspiration."
Andrew ran the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sunday November 2, 2008 in honor of Captain Dykeman's life and service to the United States of America. He also plans to run in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon. His tremendous love and respect for his cousin has moved him to establish a scholarship, The Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarship through Paul V. Moore High School, Phil's alma mater in Central Square, NY. Phil's three children will follow in his footsteps there and will benefit from this fund upon their graduation. In addition, each year a recipient will be chosen from the high school to benefit from the scholarship.
"As I ran through the finish line the announcer said, "Number 139 is Andrew Bateman member of Team Dykeman. He is running for Captain Philip J Dykeman, United States Marine Corps. He was killed in Iraq in June." I didn't catch the rest, I was pointing to the sky. Paying my own tribute. " WE DID IT"
Andrew is asking for your support to honor this hero, this fallen Marine and to give back to his family. Captain Phil made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, now it is time to give back and to ensure that Captain Philip J. Dykeman's name carries on forever.
Andrew's goal is to raise $15,000. Please help make the first year of this scholarship an amazing one and show Phil's wife and children just how much the people of America care.
You can make donations by check to:
Paul V. Moore HS Endowment Fund
Please notate in the memo field 'Dykeman Scholarship' to ensure it is allocated to the appropriate account.
Central Square School District
Att: Mrs. Lisa Fox, Treasurer
642 South Main Street
Central Square, NY 13036
If you'd like to learn more about Captain Philip J. Dykeman, visit www.teamdykeman.com If you have any questions, you can email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 795-3971.