The mission of the Pershing Foundation is to support unique and innovative endeavors in youth leadership development, academic scholarship, and military excellence and to expand the legacy of General of the Armies John J. Pershing through service.
Our vision is that America’s youth mature and grow into the leaders of tomorrow, capable of meeting the challenges of an increasingly competitive global community, both on the battlefield and in the boardroom. We believe that a foundation in leadership, coupled with the core tenants of the professional, moral, and ethical values espoused by General Pershing and his legacy, the National Society of Pershing Rifles, is the best way to fulfill that vision.
The Pershing Foundation is a growing 501(c)(3) entity that was formed by alumni members of the National Society of Pershing Rifles.
The National Society of Pershing Rifles is a military-oriented, national honor society, with fraternal origins. Founded in 1894 as a drill unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pershing Rifles is the oldest continuously operating U.S. college organization dedicated to military drill. Originally named Varsity Rifles, members renamed the organization in honor of their mentor and patron, 2nd Lieutenant (later General of the Armies of the United States) John J. Pershing, upon his departure from the university in 1895. Pershing Rifles became a National organization in 1928 expanding to include several other universities, with companies consisting of drill teams as well as tactical units. Together, these units form what is known as the National Society of Pershing Rifles.
Recognizing a need to establish a division of Pershing Rifles that would be charged specifically with supporting more in depth academic and character development programming for our cadets at both the high school and college levels, the Pershing Foundation was established in 2012, and holds the core values of the Society as its own. We believe that the values represented in the Society’s colors form the basis from which strong leadership traits can be developed. All of our programs are designed to reinforce these values while providing educational services and exposing students to morally responsible, successful leaders in the private and public sectors.