The Coast Guard Foundation is accepting 2018 scholarship applications for all U.S. Coast Guard members and their families through March 15. Scholarships are available to enlisted Coast Guard members and reservists, as well as children and spouses of enlisted Coast Guard members who are active duty, active duty reserve, or retired. Annual scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are to be used to fund undergraduate education.
For more than 45 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has provided education, support, and relief to Coast Guard members and families who serve our country. Committed to the education and welfare of all members and their families, the organization works to strengthen morale and community, assist families in times of tragedy, honor heroism and mission excellence, empower academy cadets, and support auxiliary and reserve members in every way possible.
The organization also funds support and morale programs such as recreation, exercise, and family-oriented facilities for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty. Their scholarships are a way to thank the men and women for their devotion to the United States, while assisting those in accomplishing their dreams of higher education. This method of support also ensures active men and women’s families back home are being taken care of, allowing active-duty Coast Guard members to maintain a focused frame of mind.
Last year, the organization awarded a record high of 166 new scholarships combined with 10 multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars. Between 179 students, $500,000 was distributed in 2017, with $4.7 million in the last 27 years going to more than 780 students to assist Coast Guard family members in achieving their higher education goals. The Coast Guard Foundation has every intention of expanding the 2018 program.
All interested college-age applicants must navigate to the online application to apply. Head to the Coast Guard Foundation’s website for more information as well as the application form at coastguardfoundation.org/scholarships.