Founded by SSGT Cartwright’s parents Howard and Carol Ann Cartwright for scholarships to graduating seniors or alumni of Walkersville High School.
A 2001 graduate of Walkersville High School, SSGT Charles I. Cartwright joined the Marine Corps and finished his training in January 2002. He was serving his fifth tour of duty as a member of Marine Special Operations Company A in Afghanistan. His previous tours included three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He received numerous decorations, including two Purple Hearts, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and many more. He enjoyed triathlon competition, wrestling, surfing, and walking on the beach with his wife and dog. Sadly, he died in the Farah Province of Afghanistan in November 2009.