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4th Annual Luau Fundraiser

September 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

4th Annual USS Silversides Luau Fundraiser

Silversides Luau Fundraiser invitationJoin us for a celebration of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum – honoring the legacy, remembering our military, and educating the community. This event reminds us of all of the sacrifices made by those at home and abroad during World War II and what it was like to celebrate the end of a very trying time.

This Annual Luau Fundraiser provides much needed support for our education programs, overnight encampments, exhibits, and vessel preservation. YOUR support will help thousands of visitors learn more about World War II and how the West Michigan community was affected so many years ago.

We will gather on Thursday, September 7 at 6pm for dinner, drinks and entertainment. Hawaiian attire optional.

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The USS Silversides Submarine Museum has partnered with the Lorraine F. and Fred S. Bertsch Jr. Foundation to bring a scholarship opportunity to West Michigan Area. The foundation promotes service at the community, state, and federal level through education at a college or trade school.

The mission of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is to honor the men and women of the military, preserve military history and provide experiences that educate the public about past and present military history and technology.


This scholarship opportunity is for any of the following individuals who:

  • Have honorably served in the military
  • Currently serving in the military
  • A member of the ROTC Program
  • A military dependent (child or spouse)
  • Those pursuing a career in medical, teaching, or emergency services such as police, firefighting, or other EMTs.


  • Complete Application
  • From the West Michigan Area
  • Recommendation letter from an educator or program leader who is familiar with your service to the community
  • Color head shot suitable for website and social media posting
  • Attach a personal statement of 300-500 words in response to one of the following prompts:
    1. What does the word “leadership” mean to you and how have you demonstrated your definition of leadership in you school, community, or the military?
    2. Describe how being a child or spouse of a military service member has influenced your educational goals.
    3. How has the military shaped your life?
    4. What would you like civilians to know or better understand about the military or career field you are going into?
    5. Why are you choosing the career field you are choosing?


Complete the fillable PDF below, download, and email your completed application to [email protected]. by August 5, 2023. Include “2023 Scholarship Application” in the Subject Line and attach your personal statement and recommendation letter.

USS Silversides and Bertsch Foundation Scholarship Application 2023

Applications are due by August 5, 2023. Recipients will be notified by August 14, 2023 and recognized at the annual USS Silversides Fundraiser on September 7, 2023. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and other school-related expenses.


Email [email protected] with any questions


September 7, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Silversides Museum
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St
Muskegon, MI 49441 United States
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