Coming in 2025

The Duke It Out Fishing Tournament will be held in Rockport, TX on August 2, 2025. More information will be coming soon.

Dot & Dash Necklace

We are excited to announce our partnership with Dot & Dash Design to provide a unique fundraiser. The Duke Carrillo Foundation receives a portion of the funds for each necklace sold.

Dot & Dash is a jewelry company located in Austin, Texas. They make necklaces, bracelets and earrings with a custom Morse code slogan. Get your Live Like Duke necklace today, support the foundation, and proudly wear it as a reminder to Live Like Duke.

New Year More Purpose

Duke’s dream was to become a naval aviator and a professional pilot. As he was unable to achieve that goal, the foundation is committed to helping others attain their aviation goals in his place. The Duke Carrillo Foundation is excited to announce Fly For Duke. Beginning in 2024, The Foundation will offer one Fly For Duke aviation scholarship per year to an aspiring aviator between the ages of 18 and 23 to earn a private pilot’s license. Fly For Duke will include financial assistance and mentoring to support and guide the recipients as they go through their training. The inaugural Fly For Duke scholarship application will open on November 19, 2023.

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 in three specific ways:

  • Fly For Duke aviation scholarships
  • College scholarships for dependents of military families
  • 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

Duke Carrillo was a 2017 graduate of Flower Mound High School where he was an outstanding student as well as a two sport varsity athlete. Duke was a lifelong participant in Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School after graduation from Flower Mound High School. Duke went on to become a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in the summer of 2019 where he was pursuing a degree in quantitative economics with the aspiration of becoming a naval aviator. Throughout his life, Duke placed a high value on leadership, integrity, loyalty and service to his country. Duke passed away on February 8, 2020 at the United States Naval Academy. He was buried with full military honors at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.

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 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.