BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation which provides scholarships for special operations members and helps them transition to civilian life.
Winchester native Glen Doherty was a CIA contractor and former Navy Seal who wanted to transition to civilian life, but he went back for one more deployment and was among four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Now the Foundation bearing his name awards educational scholarships to special operations members to help them make the transition from the military, including former Navy Seal Dave Dauphinais.
“And so I was transitioning to graduate school, unlike, I think your typical MBA student. We were a family of three coming from a military background. We needed some help, financially,” Dauphinais said.
Dauphinais went to Dartmouth and Harvard and says the scholarship was essential, “What that did for me and for the family was it allowed me to probably not have to work on the side in addition to a graduate school degree. I could be a full-time student. And with a kiddo at home, with my wife working full-time as much as she could, that would have been a really significant strain on the family. The scholarship, without a doubt, allowed us to focus on school and on the transition.”
The Doherty Foundation Scholarship was a big help financially.
“As anyone with kids knows, the bills wrack up in a different way than they did, you know, nine months earlier. Things like diapers and a little bit of extra square footage in the house, or that apartment that you’re living in…it really adds up,” Dauphinais stated.
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