Each year, the Pershing Foundation awards merit based academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students.


The Pershing Project is a documentary film intended to educate audiences on the life and times of General of the Armies John J. Pershing.

Digital Archives

The Foundation digitizes, stores, and makes available historical documents and artifacts related to General Pershing and the Pershing Rifles.

The Pershing Project

The Pershing Foundation has partnered with the Pacific Film Foundation and ToneMesa, Inc. to produce a documentary on the life and legacy of General of the Armies John J. Pershing.

Our story is told through the experiences of the cadets of the Pershing Rifles and Blackjacks as they attempt to  walk in Pershing’s footsteps. From the plains of Missouri to the forests of France, our young cast learns of their patron’s accomplishments through hands on experience; through their interactions with descendants of General Pershing, General Patton, and Field Marshal Foch; and through the contributions of local tour guides and historians.

The Pershing Project’s goal is to educate Americans, particularly American youth, on the role General Pershing played in shaping America’s rise to prominence in the twentieth century, and to shed light on the sacrifices of the American soldiers who served alongside him in the American mid-west, Cuba, the Philippines, Mexico, and in Europe during World War I.



Making of Black Jack vimeo play

A behind the scenes look at the making of Black Jack.
The documentary is scheduled for release in October 2017.


Pershing Foundation Partners

The Pershing Foundation would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support.  As a member of the Pershing family or organizations, the Foundation actively supports the activities of the Pershing Rifles Group and its partner organizations that include the National Society of Pershing Rifles, the National Society of Blackjacks, and the National Society of Pershing Angels.

Pershing Rifles Group

National Society of Pershing Rifles
National Society of Blackjacks
National Society of Pershing Angels


World War I Centennial Commission

They’ve Earned Their Own Memorial

The Pershing Foundation is a proud supporter of the World War I Centennial Commission.  Created by an act of Congress in 2013, the Commission’s mission is to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Practically every major American war fought in the defense of liberty has been honored with a national memorial in Washington, DC.  From the American Revolution through the Vietnam War, the sacrifices of tens of millions of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are honored in the nation’s capital – save for the 4.7 million who served during World War I.

We ask that you consider supporting the World War I Centennial Commission in its efforts to build a national World War I memorial in Washington, DC.  Your tax-deductible contribution goes twice as far with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s pledge to match every donation made in support of the memorial.

For more information or to make a donation, please click here.

The winning design, appropriately titled The Weight Of Sacrifice, can be viewed on the Commission’s website.