California State University, Northridge officials and the friends and family of the late Mike Mahony, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a Cal State Northridge alumnus, have created a scholarship in his memory for Marine veterans interested in pursuing careers in business.
Mahony, who served with the Marines during the Vietnam War, died last year at age 64 from complications from cancer. Upon his death, his family created a scholarship endowment at Northridge as a tribute to his belief that his time with the U.S. Marine Corps and his education contributed to his success as a business leader.
A $2,500 scholarship is awarded each semester to an active-duty veteran of the Marine Corps who, in addition to his or her service to the country, has demonstrated exceptional academic, scholarly or other relevant personal achievements or community contributions.
“We are really pleased to have a scholarship such as this focused on our students who have served in the military,” said William Jennings, dean of Cal State Northridge’s College of Business and Economics.
Jennings noted that the scholarship is particularly important given the fact that the U.S. Marine Corps has cut tuition assistance for its service members by 80 percent, reducing the maximum benefit from $4,500 a year to $875 a year.
“It is very gratifying for our family to be able to honor Mike’s memory through this scholarship,” said Mike Mahony’s wife, Jan. “The U.S. Marine Corps and CSUN had such a positive impact on Mike’s ultimate success and we look forward to assisting today’s Marine veterans who have given so much to our country.”
Mike Mahony attended what was then San Fernando Valley State College in the mid 1960s. It was at Valley State that Mahony met Jan. He graduated from the college in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and joined the Marine Corps.
He was immediately enrolled in Officer Candidate School, where he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in June of 1969. After a month of additional training at Camp Pendleton, he left for Vietnam and was assigned to the Third Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. He spent six months as a platoon commander north of Da Nang where he told friends that he dealt with “enemy activities in the mountains, Amtracking(sic) up rivers and slogging through rice paddies.”
He was sent on embarkation training in Okinawa for a month and spent his last six months “in-country” with the First Battalion, First Marines Division in a logistics billet. Mahony received a Bronze Star for combat in Vietnam. Upon his return to the United States, Mahony spent more than three years at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, first as a series commander and then as an adjutant and company commander. He left the Marine Corps with the rank of captain.
Mahony started his business career with Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems before he decided that his life’s work was in medical manufacturing. He worked for several companies, including McGaw Labs as well as Home Health Care of America, American Hospital Supply, Baxter and Becton Dickinson. He retired in 2002 after spending 10 years as vice president of manufacturing and distribution for Tyco Healthcare.
For more information about the Mike Mahony Marine Corps Veteran’s Scholarship Fund or to contribute to the fund, call the Office of Development in CSUN’s College of Business and Economics at (818) 677-3621. To obtain an application, visit the website http://www.csun.edu/busad/scholarships12.html.
Cal State Northridge’s College of Business and Economics is home to several nationally recognized programs where students gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside faculty members and business professionals in a variety of areas.
California State University, Northridge has nearly 37,000 full- and part-time students and offers 64 bachelor’s and 50 master’s degrees as well as 28 teaching credential programs. Founded in 1958, CSUN is among the largest single-campus universities in the nation and the only four-year public university in the San Fernando Valley. The university serves as the intellectual, economic and cultural heart of the Valley and beyond.