New Year More Purpose

While providing Live Like Duke scholarships to graduating seniors and funding the Duke Carrillo Scholars Fund at the United States Naval Academy, the foundation is excited to expand its mission going forward. Please stay tuned for details to come in 2023 on how the foundation will honor Duke’s goals and his legacy by offering financial support to individuals who are pursuing a career in professional aviation.

About the Foundation

Duke’s short life was one of outstanding leadership, generosity, and selfless care for others. As an academic standout at the United States Naval Academy, Duke maintained a 4.0 GPA as a quantitative economics major with aspirations to become a naval aviator. “Live Like Duke” represents the values he embraced – leadership, integrity, commitment and service to his country. The Duke Carrillo Foundation honors him by awarding scholarships to college-bound dependents of military families, financially supporting individuals pursuing a professional career in aviation, and providing funding for the Duke Carrillo Scholars Fund at the United States Naval Academy.

Support the Mission

The mission of the Duke Carrillo Foundation is to award scholarships to college-bound dependents of military families, financially support individuals pursuing a professional career in aviation, and to provide funding for the Duke Carrillo Scholars Fund at the United States Naval Academy.

Please join us in this effort by donating today!

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Duke’s Story

United States Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class (sophomore) Duke Carrillo, 21, of Flower Mound, Texas was a natural leader and a role model to many young men and women. He worked his entire life with a constant goal to serve his country. Duke was a 2018 graduate of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, who entered the USNA class of 2022 and was a 4.0 student as a Quantitative Economics major.

It was Saturday afternoon, February 8, 2020, when Duke collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the Physical Readiness Test that is run by all midshipmen every six months at the USNA. The lives of so many were changed in that moment forever. Duke is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Gerald Carrillo and by his twin brother, Dylan Carrillo, and his younger brother, Jake Carrillo. Both brothers are currently Midshipmen in the classes of 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Duke was the kind of man many strive to be. He was humble, accomplished, hard-working, and always knew how to make people laugh. He devoted himself to academics, sports, his family and friends. The Midshipman Duke Carrillo Foundation is a legacy to Duke’s life and honors him with the dual purpose of providing college scholarships to dependents of military families and funding the Duke Carrillo Scholars Fund at the United States Naval Academy.

The Duke Carrillo Foundation is always excited to hear and learn of new ideas to honor Duke’s legacy and support the mission. Please feel free to contact us with ideas for partnering at info@dukecarrillofoundation.org. Thank you.

The Duke Carrillo Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or political affiliation in any of its activities or operations.