Get Involved

As an organization that fosters education and historic preservation, NGEF encourages Guardsmen, Guard family members and other patrons to get involved in a number of ways. We depend on much more than financial support to carry out our mission.

Leonardo DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund

Since September 11, 2001, nearly 800 Guardsmen have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the Global War on Terrorism. These heroes left behind more than 1,000 children. The Leonardo DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the children of National Guardsmen who have been lost in service to our nation since 9/11. Established in 2011 and underwritten by DRS Technologies, Inc., the scholarship fund awards up to $6,250 per year for up to a four-year period to eligible families.

To apply for the scholarship, download the application here:
2023-24 DRS Guardian Scholarship Application

The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2023.

Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship Fund

Van Hipp will donate 100% of his proceeds from his book, The New Terrorism: How to Fight it and Defeat It to The Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships to Guardsmen wounded in action in the War on Terror.

To apply for the scholarship, download the application here:
2023-24 Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship Application

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2023.

To read more about our generous patron, Van Hipp, visit his biography page at

Learn more about NGEF & NGAUS scholarships at

To purchase a copy, visit

Donations and Noteworthy Artifacts

The National Guard Memorial Museum relies on artifact donations in order to better tell the Guard’s story. We strive to collect and preserve artifacts from all eras of Guard history. Donations may include uniforms, equipment, photographs and mementos from various missions. We ensure the protection and safety of all donated items. We encourage Guardsmen, their family members and other supporters to contact us for more information.  If you have an artifact for donation, please contact

As we accession new pieces, occasional note will be made on the homepage!  You might make the headlines!

Submit a Guard Story

The museum is not the only place where we tell the Guard story. We encourage Guardsmen to submit personal stories to us—stories about deployments, domestic missions and other experiences that we can share through our blog. We strive to document the Guard experience for many generations to come.

Dream Giveaway

You can win one of the World’s Greatest Prize Packages with a tax-deductible donation to charity!
Your donation to win benefits the National Guard Educational Foundation.