SHGTUS Programs

Community Presentation

Request

The heart and soul of our programs is our Community Presentation. Upon request, the Society will attempt to schedule a former Tomb Guard to make a presentation and accept questions relating to the Tomb and the Society.

The Community Presentation provides a detailed summary of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), the origins of the Tomb, the selection, funeral and interment of the Unknowns laid to rest at the Tomb, the Tomb Guards, and the Society.

This is a perfect opportunity for schools, civic organizations, fraternities and sororities, and businesses to introduce their organizations to the U.S. Most Sacred Shrine.

In lieu of scheduling a Community Presentation, the Society produced a video for public viewing.


Tomb Guard Assistance Program

Request

The Society provides the following services to current and former Tomb Guards:

  • Provide Tomb Guard Identification Badges, label pins, and challenge coins to current Tomb Guards.
  • Provide a transition mentoring program for current Tomb Guards transitioning from active duty to the civilian workplace.
  • Provide a continuing mentoring program for current and former Tomb Guards.
  • Provide funeral memorial items and service assistance to surviving family members upon the death of a Tomb Guard, including; memorial cards, headstone pewter insignia medallion, floral wreath, permanent memorial webpage, assistance with setting up military honors, and coordinating the attendance of a Society member at the funeral.

Education Scholarships

The Society awards education scholarships to benefit Tomb Guards and their families, and individuals sponsored by Tomb Guards.

The scholarships are awarded by the Society Education Committee on a recurring annual basis to individuals meeting certain criteria specific to each scholarship.

The Society currently offers three scholarships (see below). Applicants may apply online by selecting the "Apply" button next to the scholarship, or they may request a paper application through the Society's contact page.

Neale Cosby Scholarship

Apply

The Neale Cosby Scholarship was founded in 2002 in honor of former Tomb Guard Neale Cosby, who is a Founder of the Society.

The Scholarship is dedicated to current and former Tomb Guards and their family members.

Criteria:

  • must be a current or former Tomb Guard or a family member of same  
  • must be a member in good standing with the SHGTUS  
  • must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited institution of higher learning or secondary vocation school
  • must submit latest annual education transcripts  
  • must submit 2 letters of recommendation from persons of authority (Tomb Guard family members only)
  • must submit supporting 4-500 word thesis about "What the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Means to Me" (Tomb Guard family members only)
  • application with the aforementioned must be received by the SHGTUS no later than May 15

Award recipients:

Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship

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The Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2010 in honor of former Tomb Guard Adam Dickmyer, who was killed in action in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Scholarship is open to only current or former Tomb Guards.

Criteria:

  • must be a current or former Tomb Guard  
  • must be a member in good standing with the SHGTUS    
  • must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited institution of higher learning or secondary vocation school
  • must submit latest annual education transcripts  
  • application with the aforementioned must be received by the SHGTUS no later than May 15

Award recipients:

SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship

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The SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship was founded in 2012 in honor of all unknown war heroes.

The scholarship is open to anyone who has an affinity for the mission of the SHGTUS.

Criteria:

  • must be sponsored by a current or former Tomb Guard - search for a Tomb Guard in your area for sponsorship   
  • must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited institution of higher learning or secondary vocation school
  • must submit latest annual education transcripts 
  • must submit 2 letters of recommendation from persons of authority
  • must submit supporting 4-500 word thesis about "What the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Means to Me"
  • application with the aforementioned must be received by the SHGTUS no later than May 15

Award recipients: