The scholarship will be awarded through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides financial assistance to help surviving children of fallen military members pursue post-secondary degrees.
Monsoor lost his life while serving in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. In 2008, the Navy announced that the name of DDG 1001, the second Zumwalt-class destroyer, would be the USS Michael Monsoor. Raytheon is the prime mission-systems-equipment integrator for the three DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.
"Through the Raytheon-Monsoor Scholarship, we offer our support to family members of the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Paul Ferraro, vice president of the Seapower Capability Systems business area. "We are hopeful that scholarship recipients are inspired by the legacy, dedication and commitment of Petty Officer Monsoor, and honor him through their academic achievements."
"Thank you to the Raytheon team for your generosity in awarding this annual scholarship in honor of Petty Officer Michael Monsoor. This scholarship will fully fund a semester for one of the 154 children of fallen special operators that are currently attending universities across the nation," said Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret), president and CEO of SOWF and the principal speaker at the christening of the USS Michael Monsoor. "Thank you for remembering and honoring Mike with this scholarship."
Vice Admiral Maguire was serving as Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command at the time of Monsoor's death.
Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. As noted in the official citation, "by his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was christened on June 18, 2016 at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The first ship of the class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), will be commissioned on October 15 in Baltimore, Maryland.