The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that it has kicked off its 2017 scholarship season. Accepting applications from March 1 through April 15, children of enlisted Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Scholarships are available to children of enlisted Coast Guard members who are active duty, active duty reserve and retired.
First-time Coast Guard Foundation scholarship applicants will use the online application hosted by Coast Guard Work-Life. The foundation is offering a simplified application process for scholarship recipients who are applying to renew their scholarship award. This application is only for those students who have already received a one-time scholarship, and are working on their first undergraduate degree. Once completed, the application and an unofficial transcript can be submitted directly to the Coast Guard Foundation office for review.
In the last 26 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million to over 630 college-aged young adults through its scholarship program. The non-profit’s commitment to education support has significantly grown over time and is now a primary focus of the organization.
“We strive to serve the Coast Guard community and our scholarships are the very core of our support to those who sacrifice so much,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “It’s rewarding to see what these young men and women have done to give back to their community and for those we have already helped, we are so proud of who they have become. We were honored to be able to award a record of 128 scholarships last year and look forward to continuing to expand the program again this year.”
For more than 45 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has supported the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The foundation provides higher education grants to enlisted members, reservists and their children; higher education financial support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty; and support for morale programs including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities.
For more information on the application, apply for the first time or apply as a renewal applicant, visit the Coast Guard website. For more information on the Coast Guard Foundation or its scholarship programs, visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call 860-535-0786.