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News // Feb 1, 2021

2021 Scholarship Open Season: February 1-March 15

  • Coast Guard Foundation

Everything* you need to know about applying for a scholarship this year


It’s scholarship open season here at the Coast Guard Foundation! Applications completed and submitted by March 15 will be considered for a scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year. Our merit-based scholarships range in value from $1,000-$5,000 annually. Eligible applicants may apply for up to four years of undergraduate study.

The majority of our scholarships benefit the dependents of enlisted members who are active duty, reserve or retired. However, we do have a scholarship opportunity for the children of commissioned officers, and another scholarship for ALC Elizabeth City Coast Guard families. Details below.

ALCOAST Announcement

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Our current scholars hard at work this fall.

Children of Enlisted Coast Guard Members:

  • Applications must be submitted online through our scholarship portal at coastguardfoundation.org/apply. Search for the application: 2021 Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted member Dependent Scholarship - First Time Applicants
  • Applicants applying for the first time must complete basic bio data, provide detail on your community service and extra-curricular involvement, write an essay, and upload details from your FAFSA form. A letter of recommendation, transcript and Coast Guard dependent status are required and are submitted directly by your schools and your Coast Guard sponsor, respectively.
  • If you received a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship in the last three years and are currently enrolled in college or trade school, you may apply for a scholarship as a returning student. This application requires basic bio data, an update on your community service and extra-curricular involvement, an essay and a FAFSA report. Search for the application: 2021 Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted member Dependent Scholarship - Returning Applicants
  • We require the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Report from the FAFSA because need is a factor in determining award levels.

Children of Commissioned Coast Guard Officers:

  • The ADM Robert J. Kramek Scholarship is open to children of enlisted Coast Guard members and children of commissioned Coast Guard officers.
  • Applications must be submitted online through our scholarship portal at coastguardfoundation.org/apply. Search for the application: 2021 Coast Guard Foundation Children Of Officers Application.
  • Applicants must complete basic bio data, provide detail on your community service and extra-curricular involvement, write an essay, and upload details from your FAFSA form. A letter of recommendation, transcript and Coast Guard dependent status are required and are submitted directly by your schools and your Coast Guard sponsor, respectively.
  • If you received a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship in the last three years and are currently enrolled in college or trade school, you may apply for a scholarship using this same application form.
  • We require the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Report from the FAFSA because need is a factor in determining award levels.

CAPT Ernest W. Fox Perpetual Scholarship for ALC Elizabeth City:

  • The Fox family established this annual Perpetual Scholarship to honor the memory of their late son and brother Captain Ernest W. Fox, and as a way to show their appreciation to the men and women who work at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistic Center.
  • This scholarship is open to qualified active duty Coast Guard, civil service employee personnel or their dependents (child or spouse) at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistic Center.
  • The scholarship will be used for preparatory, collegiate, postgraduate, professional and vocational education, formal or informal training which develops the talents and potential of the beneficiary.
  • Applications must be submitted online through our scholarship portal at coastguardfoundation.org/apply.
  • Applicants must complete basic bio data, provide detail on your community service and extra-curricular involvement, write an essay, and upload details from your FAFSA form. A letter of recommendation, transcript and Coast Guard dependent status are required and are submitted directly by your schools and your Coast Guard sponsor, respectively.
  • If you received a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship in the last three years and are currently enrolled in college or trade school, you may apply for a scholarship using this same application form.
  • We require the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Report from the FAFSA because need is a factor in determining award levels.

*Still have questions about your eligibility and how to complete the application? Please call our office at 860-535-0786 of email Ms. Sage Williams, Program Manager at swilliams@coastguardfoundation.org.

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Our 2020 scholars hard at work during their first semester classes.

About our Scholarship Program:

Over the last five years, the Coast Guard Foundation has awarded an average of $400,000 in scholarships each year. In the 30 years of the program, the Coast Guard Foundation has paid out $6 million to more than 1,250 college-aged young adults.

“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard community in the past year, as every year, have demonstrated a commitment and resolve in serving their community that few can duplicate,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “The sacrifices these brave individuals and their families make for our way of life cannot be measured. We are proud to continue our support of them and their families through our scholarship program and look forward to seeing what exceptional children will be applying this year.”

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