The scholarship program is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Gwinn (1920-1993), the pilot who first spotted the survivors of USS Indianapolis CA-35 and initiated their miraculous rescue at sea. The survivors called him their “Angel”.


The idea for the college scholarship program originated in 2002. Doug Stanton, author of In Harm’s Way, conceived of and funded the initial USS Indianapolis Survivors Fund Scholarship Program to benefit family members of the ship’s crew and help preserve its historic legacy. In 2008, the fund became permanently endowed by the family of Wilbur C. Gwinn and renamed in honor of the man the survivors called their “Angel”.

The fund is managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.


Chuck was one of the first persons to be awarded Honorary Survivor status. He attended and spoke at every reunion beginning in 1960 until his death in July 1993.



Applications are available online

February through March of each year at:

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Applicants must:

  • Be a descendent of a Survivor, Lost-at-Sea (LAS) crew member, Rescue Crew, or Honorary Survivor,


  • Attend or be a prospective full-time attendee of an accredited college or university, and


  • Be of academic good standing. A GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred.


  • Previous award recipients are not eligible.

VPB-152 PV-1 Crew

LTJG Wilbur C (Chuck) Gwinn, pilot and crew

(L>R front) Gwinn, LT Warren Colwell, co-pilot

(L>R back) Harold Hickman, AOM2; William Hartman,

Chief Radioman; Joseph Johnson, AMM1