Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

The Peter F. Dalton Foundation's first contribution to Children of Fallen Patriots was November 2015 and we continue to give every year. An estimated 20,000 military children have lost a parent on active duty and are in need of assistance with college tuition and expenses. While the Fallen Patriots Foundation has identified and enrolled about 25% of those children, some 15,000 more are still not in our system and will at some point require assistance. The support we and others lend will help them. The Fallen Patriots mission is to ensure that every child of every fallen patriot receives the help they need to receive a college education. We believe it is one of the best ways we can honor the memory of their parents who so selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Please visit their site to learn more and read some fantastic success stories:


Update: November 2017. The Foundation is pleased to continue it's support of the The Children of Fallen Patriots and proud to participate in their Ninth Annual Greenwich Gala. The very special event will feature keynote Ret. General David Petraeus (click here to watch his speech).  Last year's event raised an incredible amount of funds - enough to fund 80 college educations!  General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave an amazing speech and reminded us that our military is the finest in the world and our support for families who lose loved ones is critical.  Please take a moment to watch this special video that was featured on 'The Today Show' or watch a thank you to the PFD Foundation from Haley Hartwick, a scholarship recipient.


Letters from PFD scholarship recipients at Norwich:

May 8, 2017

Dear Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dalton

My name is Brandon Beal and I have received the Peter F. Dalton '65 Memorial Scholarship for being in the Corps of Cadets and majoring in Business. The classes I am taking this semester have been very informative and helpful.  Accounting has caught my eye and I have taken a liking to it. I attended Norwich to be a cut above the rest and learn skills that will carry me throughout life and help me be successful. A major lesson I have learned here at Norwich is time management. The way you manage your time is very important in anything you do. Getting assignments in on time, making sure you meet deadlines in the Corps, and planning your time management will carry on into the real world. I'm currently a sophomore here so I still have two more years. I plan to continue in the school of business and possibly pick up up a major in accounting. I also play club hockey here and I plan to continue playing the sport I love and have been playing my whole life. I am extremely grategul to have received this scholarship. It is an honor to be helped to pay for my education with this scholarship. I plan to do amazing things when I graduate from Norwich and this scholarship is going to help me do so.

I thank you greatly for allowing me to receive this scholarship.

Very Respectfully,

Brandon Beal


January 30, 2015
Dear Mr. Dalton,
Thank you for supporting the Dalton Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year at Norwich University.  I chose to follow my Uncle Tom's footsteps by attending Norwich University.  I grew up listening to his adventures at Norwich and I wanted to experience it for myself. With five courses under my belt, I've learned that it is a challenge to manage the Corps and my academics.

My time, thus far at Norwich, has taught me that time management is key to success and I work, daily, to make sure that I am not falling behind on my academics.  I plan to work extra hard this semester and have myself positioned to do well. Although I still have many years before graduation, my current plan is to enter the Army and make it a career. Your scholarship made it possible for me to attend Norwich University and I appreciate being in receipt of it.  I intend to make good use of your generosity and I thank you.

Kaitlin Firestone 

February 2013
Dear Mr. Dalton,

My name is Tyrell Carstarphen and I am a junior at Norwich University. I am sending you this letter to thank you for helping me pay for my tuition at Norwich. I am extremely thankful that you are generous enough to help students such as myself receive an education. Without people like you, I and people like myself would not be able to attend college.

I am working very hard to ensure I graduate this institution with a valuable education in accounting. I hope to be a hard working individual in this business community when I graduate and when I graduate I will be sure to be a kind hearted individual such as yourself.

I originally came to Norwich to be a part of the wrestling team. I love wrestling and I love being an athlete at Norwich. If I was not a part of this institution I would not be a part of a brotherhood as strong as ours. It is people like you who make this possible for all of us.

My family is not as financially advantaged as some people and without scholarships like the Peter F. Dalton '65 Memorial Scholarship I would not be able to attend this University.  Your father would be extremely proud to know what you are doing for people like me. Again, I thank you for your generosity from the bottom of my heart.

Tyrell Carstarphen 


Here are some other donations the PFD Foundation has made:

2016 & 2017:  The Cheshire Food Pantry

June 2014:  Xavier High School 

In 2014 the Foundation helped fund the new Robert Michalski Track in Memory of Peter F. Dalton at Xavier High School in Middletown, CT. The new athletic complex opened in August 2014 and was rededicated in September 2015. The new sports complex which includes the track, turf field and baseball stadium are exciting additions that will keep Xavier a top notch private catholic preparatory school.

The Foundation was started in order to keep Peter's memory alive by supporting causes that he cared about or reflect his values. Below is a summary of the two core endeavors followed by other donations the Foundation has made.  We have steadily grown the Foundation with the continued support of many donors and we are getting closer to our original goal of raising and putting $500,000 to work. The Foundation is a 509(a)(2) charity and all donations are fully tax deductible. 

Norwich University

The Peter F. Dalton '65 Memorial Scholarship was created in June 2011 is awarded to a member of the cadets, is in the business program at Norwich and is financially challenged. As of this August 2016 update we have awarded five scholarships and we are pleased to report the fund continues to grow.

For the 2015/2016 academic year the Foundation is pleased to award the Peter F. Dalton Memorial Scholarship to Brandon C. Beal '19. Brandon hails from Quincy, MA, is in the Corps of Cadets and is majoring in Management. Congratulations Brandon! Please see below to read letters from Scholarship recipients.

December 31, 2016:  The scholarship had a fantastic year and we would like to thank some of our donors, especially: Mr. & Mrs. Lyman McWain,  Mr. & Mrs. John Dalton and the staff at Dalton Enterprises, Inc.  We truly appreciate your continued commitment! 

The Peter F. Dalton Foundation, Inc. is a 509 (a)(2) charitable organization.
100% of donations go to the causes we support - contributions are 100% tax deductible.