First Lieutenant Dimitri del Castillo Scholarship


PURPOSE: The First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo Scholarship is a memorial to selfless service and ultimate sacrifice made to our country by US Army First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo who was killed in action on June 25, 2011 in Kunar, Afghanistan while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified applicants in furthering their education. The Scholarship Committee seeks to award scholarships to applicants displaying the potential for a degree in higher education, whether it is technical, university or professional. Each year the Scholarship Committee evaluates the scholarship applicants and selects the most outstanding submissions to be awarded a First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo Scholarship.  Click here to read about 1LT del Castillo.

SCOPE: Provide financial grants to students who are or plan to attend an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school. Scholarship awards funds are to assist with academic expenses at the attending University/School and will be disbursed directly to the University/School to assist with tuition, books, fees, supplies and room and board.

FUNDING: The scholarship fund is supported by the family of First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo and by friends and public donations. The number of scholarships to be awarded annually will vary. The scholarships are $5,000 per awardee.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be a qualified child or spouse of a fallen tabbed or scrolled Ranger.

Qualified child is defined as an unmarried child of a fallen tabbed or scrolled ranger (included those legally adopted) who is under the age of 23 for the entire academic year.

Qualified Spouse is defined as the person legally married to the fallen Ranger at the time of his death; and not remarried at the time of application for the scholarship.

Fallen Tabbed Or Scrolled Rangers means those tabbed (graduated from Ranger School and awarded the Ranger Tab, or scrolled Rangers (served with the 75th Ranger Regiment in a Ranger slot) who were killed in action or those tabbed or scrolled Ranger killed in training. This includes those who died in a hospital later as a result of critical wounds related to combat or training.

Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements for the USARA legacy scholarship are also eligible to compete for The First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo Scholarship.

Application Process: All applications will be processed in accordance with the annual Application Process Schedule.


If you would like donate to the USARA Legacy Scholarship Fund you may do so securely online by clicking the DONATE icon below (please specify “First Lieutenant Dimitri A. del Castillo Scholarship Fund” in the Donations Instructions):

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or send a donation to:

U. S. Army Ranger Association, Inc.

Attn: 1LT del Castillo Scholarship Fund

P.O. box 52126

Fort Benning, GA 31995-2126


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