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Coast Guard Foundation Scholars Honored at D.C. Dinner

The Coast Guard Foundation was joined at our Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital by five recent recipients of The Commander Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship, which awards the children of enlisted personnel $20,000 over four years for college education.

The scholarship is generously funded by Lisa Kazor Christovich, in honor of her husband's distinguished career in the Coast Guard. The scholars who were honored at the dinner were Joseph "Joey" Heimburger, of Gloucester, Virginia; Crystal Marietta, of Fort Myers, Florida; Kaitlin Long, of Denver, Colorado; Katherine Wilson-James, of Rohnert Park, California; and T. Ryan Yowell, of Salisbury, Maryland.


From left to right: Mrs. Lisa Kazor Christovich, Joey Heimburger, Kaitlin Long, CDR Daniel Christovich, Crystal Marietta, Katherine Wilson-James, and T. Ryan Yowell pictured at the Coast Guard Foundation Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital.

For the first time since receiving the scholarships, the five students got a chance to meet and thank the Christoviches for their generosity, and the Christoviches were able to get to know people whose lives they've greatly improved.


The scholars' futures are bright.

  • Joey, who earned his bachelor's degree in physics and math, has applied to graduate school to further his studies.
  • Crystal is currently enrolled in graduate school pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy.
  • Kaitlin received a degree in marketing, and is the manager of Ann Taylor Loft in Denver.
  • Katherine is still enrolled at San Jose State, where she is pursuing an English degree with a focus in creative writing.
  • Ryan will be moving to Boston in July to work for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center as a Community Planner.

For the past 20 years, through the generosity of donors like Mr. and Mrs. Christovich, the Coast Guard Foundation has given out more than $2.4 million in scholarships, helping 250 students achieve the dream of attending college.

The Foundation's commitment to educational assistance to the men and women of the Coast Guard and their dependents has grown immensely, and is now one of our primary areas of support. We hope to expand these endowments for the benefit of additional worthy candidates going forward.


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