The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration

USS Midway Museum  

The USS Midway Museum is a true global icon of San Diego thanks to the leadership of its Foundation, Board of Directors, and–recently retired– Founding President John “Mac” McLaughlin. 

In less than two decades, the USS Midway Museum was the most visited naval ship museum in the world. As America’s Living Symbol of Freedom, USS Midway Museum is more than just a San Diego landmark, it’s making waves as an important community partner as it works to fulfill its motto: Live the Adventure, Honor the Legend. 


Dedicated to providing engaging, inspiring, educational, and entertaining experiences, USS Midway Museum is a hybrid of an attraction and museum that emphasizes experience. The USS Midway Museum’s education program hosts 50,000 K-12 students annually and the ship is a critical training platform for U.S. Military and Department of Homeland Security units.

The USS Midway Museum Foundation has provided over $3.2 million in grants to organizations that support active-duty military, veterans, and first responders, and has awarded over $4 million in educational scholarships to more than 80,000 students and hosts nearly 600 military ceremonial events annually.