The Coast Guard Foundation awarded 158 scholarships in 2021, totaling $345,500 in support.
“When Coast Guard kids receive Coast Guard Foundation scholarships, they incur less debt and deepen their engagement with their communities by volunteering, working, and interning in their chosen fields of study,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships ensuring Coast Guard children have the opportunity to build strong futures through a college education or technical school training.
Awardees include scholars such as Christopher Albert, who is majoring in business and marketing at San Francisco State University. A 2020 graduate of San Marin High School in Novato, California, he is the child of William T. Albert, retired Coast Guard veteran. His community activism includes mentoring and tutoring his fellow classmates and leading his team on the soccer field.
Abby Carlan is enrolled at Truett McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia, where she’ll major in nursing and will graduate in 2025. She’s a 2021 graduate of Tallulah Falls School in Georgia. An active member of her church and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Abby has a passion for service and giving back to her community. In addition to her rigorous course load, Abby will play for the women’s volleyball team. She is the child of Craig Carlan, retired Coast Guard veteran. She received the Coast Guard Foundation Captain Paul E. Deveau Scholarship this year.
“Thank you for your generous support. This is an exciting time in my life, and I am proud that the Coast Guard Foundation is part of my journey,” shared Abby. “With a reduced financial burden, I can completely focus on my academic and athletic career at Truett McConnell University.”
Benjamin Pierias is a 2019 graduate of Newport High School in Oregon, and is a three year Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipient. He is enrolled at UC Berkeley in California and is the son of Master Chief Petty Officer David Pierias, who is assigned to Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Oregon. Ben was valedictorian of his high school class and earned highest honors all four years. He continues to excel academically at Berkeley and tutors fellow students in computer science lab courses and is involved in the greater community by volunteering with local elementary school students.
“Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship,” shared Ben. “I have absolutely loved my time spent at school, and cannot wait to begin my fall classes to continue learning. This would not be possible without your support.”
Amar Dunham is enrolled at the College of William and Mary, after graduating from Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science in Tappahannock, Virginia in 2021. He plans to focus his studies to pursue a STEM research career. An active member of his community, Amar served as a mentor for younger students and led several trash clean-ups near his hometown. Dunham is the child of Chief Petty Officer Jomar Dunham.
“Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship,” said Amar. “The thing that I am certain about receiving this scholarship: I’ll always apply myself to the best of my abilities for any opportunity that I’m given.”
Kianna Fleek-Dixon is enrolled at the University of Central Florida, majoring in biology on a pre-med track. She is a 2020 graduate of Ft Lauderdale High School in Florida, where a specially designed rigorous course load earned her an advanced high school degree. Active in her community, Kianna volunteered as a mentor and tutor for local elementary students, and assisted with the food bank, community beach clean-ups and the local hospital. Kianna is the child of retired Coast Guard veteran Michael Dixon.
Isabel DeSanno is enrolled at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where she’s studying forensic psychology and will graduate in the spring of 2022. She is a 2020 graduate of Faith Academy in Victoria, Texas. She is the child of Jamie DeSanno, retired Coast Guard veteran. Isabel is a competitive swimmer, and teaches kids in her community how to swim. She volunteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to provide food and supplies for those impacted by the storm. She received the Coast Guard Foundation Seaman First Class Peter J. Russo and Signalman Third Class Walter E. Lafferty Scholarship.
Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and thank you to our generous supporters who make the program possible.
Abbott L. Brown Scholarship
Ryane Quintanar | San Marcos, Calif.
Commander Ronald J. Cantin Scholarship
Kara Martin | Latham, N.Y.
Commander Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship
Alexa Santti | Sunapee, N.H.
Clappin Family Scholarship
Jenabelle Felmy | Gales Ferry, Conn.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship, in honor of Lockheed Martin
Emily Ward | Samson, Ala.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship, in honor of Admiral Charles Ray
Allie Vincent | Morgan City, La.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship, in honor of Saltchuck
Ariana Flawau | Staten Island, N.Y.
Captain Paul E. Deveau Scholarship
Abby Carlan | Baldwin, Ga.
Fitzpatrick Family Scholarship
Dorian Ashmore | Honolulu, Hawaii
Capt Ernest W. Fox Scholar
Taniya Swinson | Camden, N.C.
GEICO Military Team Scholarship
Landis Limon | Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
ADM Ed Gilbert Scholarship
Chloe Treme | Alameda, Calif.
Eleanor Gilford Scholarship
Leilah Donnelly | Odessa, Fla.
Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation Scholarship
Liberty Paige | Sarasota, Fla.
Admiral Robert E. Kramek Scholarship
Jackson Elliott | League City, Texas
Jacquelyn Franz | Daphne, Ala.
Layne O'Connell | Jamestown, R.I.
Ronald Masci Foundation Scholarship
Jenna Franklin | Vancleave, Miss.
Navy Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Emily Jancauskas | Kodiak, Alaska
Erik Shoga | Missouri City, Texas
Lucas Wood | Elizabeth City, N.C.
Thomas A. Niles Scholarship
Ava Janetka | Volo, Ill.
Noël Foundation Scholarship
Sydney Gagnon | Chestertown, N.Y.
CAPT James F. Phair, USCG Memorial Scholarship
Johnnie Dodge | Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Red Stripe Scholarship, generously supported by Fred Brodsky
Grace Buckman | Honolulu, Hawaii
David M. Rudy Scholarship
Gracen Spritka | Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Seaman First Class Peter J. Russo and Signalman Third Class Walter E. Lafferty Scholarship
Isabel DeSanno | Victoria, Texas
Emma Helfer | Custer, S.D.
Adrian King | Silverdale, Wash.
Lucinda King | Silverdale, Wash.
Maya Rubio | Dover, N.H.
Slattery Family Scholarship
Andrew Koch | Kawkawlin, Mich.
Thomas P. Stitt, Sr. Family Scholarship
Michael Lanning | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Thiele Family Scholarship
Kelsi Blatchley | Southington, Conn.
Madeline Starling | Carlisle, Pa.
Marques Lassell | La Grange, Ky.
Ashley Sojak | Barnegat, N.J.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships
Olivia Adkins | Kailua, Hawaii
Christopher Albert | Novato, Calif.
Christopher Allard | Andover, Mass.
Samuel Arnold | Northampton, Pa.
Sarah Arnold | Spokane, Wash.
Avry Aviles | Deland, Fla.
Gwendolynn Bannerman | Juneau, Alaska
Meaghan Bassett | Key West, Fla.
Rylan Bawar | Lake Charles, La.
Samantha Beatty | Madison, Ala.
Elijah Bossingham | Chesapeake, Va.
Nathaniel Bossingham | Chesapeake, Va.
Noelle Bowers | Cedarville, Ohio
Sydney Bradley | Baton Rouge, La.
Patricia Brannan | Honolulu, Hawaii
Christina Breneman | Voluntown, Conn.
Abigail Brown | Saugus, Mass.
Austin Brown | Bristol, Conn.
Hannah Brown | Stillwater, Okla.
Christopher Bryant | Owensboro, Ky.
Evan Burgess | Pearland, Texas
James Burgess | Pearland, Texas
Sara Burns | Princeton, W.Va.
Tabor Buxton | Sitka, Alaska
Alana Calairo | Martinez, Calif.
Russell Carruthers | Mesa, Ariz.
Abishai Christensen | Kalaheo, Hawaii
Sydney Clendaniel | Sanford, Maine
Raymond Colon | Lebanon, Del.
Caroline Cutter | Byfield, Mass.
Grace Czarnecki | Camarillo, Calf.
Cierra DeCuire | Katy, Texas
Cailey Desirey | South Dartmouth, Mass.
Bryson Doughty | New London, Conn.
Hayden Doughty | New London, Conn.
Samantha Dryburgh | Weston, Fla.
Amar Dunham | King George, Va.
Madeline Dunn | Diamondhead, Miss.
Michael Enright | Slidell, La.
Joshua Estes | Eagle River, Alaska
Christina Falcone | Cedar Point, N.C.
Madison Field | Tribes Hill, N.Y.
Elizebeth Fiscus | Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Kianna Fleek-Dixson | Wilton Manors, Fla.
Allison Franklin | Vancleave, Miss.
Amelia Frederking | Saint Louis, Mo.
Nicholas Frontz | Gulfport, Miss.
Alex Galicki | Weymouth, Mass.
Hataya Gann | Astoria, Ore.
Benjamin Gardiner | Gilford, N.H.
Kya Garibaldi | Acworth, Ga.
Abbie Green | Toms River, N.J.
Kasyn Grissom | Long Beach, Miss.
Angela Gross | Windsor, Ca.
Elizabeth Gross | Windsor, Ca.
Nathaniel Grow | Grand Haven, Mich.
Alexandra Hammerton | Lisbon, Maine
Olivia Hardee | Creola, Ala.
Miralyz Hernandez | Gainesville, Fla.
Keegan Holder | Elizabeth City, N.C.
Madison Holston | Carrollton, Va.
Trent Hooley | Cape Carteret, N.C.
Zachary Irwin | Milton, Fla.
Emerson Janetka | Volo, Ill.
Faith Johnson | Billings, Mont.
Mia Justiniano | Palm Harbor, Fla.
Kayla Keuten | Leesville, La.
Nicholas Kingsley | Merritt Island, Fla.
Oleg Kislov | Staten Island, N.Y.
Connor Knapp | Scituate, Mass.
Devin Krass | Wilmngton, Del.
Niah Kuemmerle | Brentwood, Calif.
Lily Kumar | Springfield, Mo.
Adam Light | Gilmer, Texas
Emily Light | Gilmer, Texas
Alison Long | Gulf Shores, Ala.
William Lopatka | Rochester, N.Y.
Madelyn Lorenz | South Bend, Ind.
Jacob Lovelady | Pinellas Park, Fla.
Daylan Lujan | Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
Madeline Lynch | Cape May, N.J.
Morgan Machovec | DeWitt, Iowa
Kathryn Mann | Crawfordville, Fla.
Katherine McKee | Spanish Fort, Ala.
Kelly Milbrandt | Oldsmar, Fla.
Madison Minnick | Kuna, Idaho
Alyra Molinary Quiles | El Cajon, Calif.
Abigail Moskowitz | Troy, Ala.
Jenna Murphy | Somers, N.Y.
Jamie Newsome | Mobile, Ala.
Josephine Nichols | Evergreen, Colo.
Samantha Ortiz-Clark | Altavista, Va.
Nathan Otero | Rio Rancho, N.M.
Yves Parris | Miramar, Fla.
Noah Pawlowski | Des Moines, Wash.
Emma Pearson | Yorktown, Va.
Isabel Perez-Garcia | Newport News, Va.
Alexis Perry |Monks Corner, S.C.
Hayley Phillips | Groton, Conn.
Benjamin Pierias | Toledo, Ore.
Quentin Ramos | Washington, D.C.
Liam Rivera | Gainesville, Fla.
Holly Saindon | Tillamook, Ore.
Haley Schreiber | Oregon, Ohio
Oliver Severance | Wasilla, Alaska
Caroline Shubel | Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jamie Sims | Daphne, Ala.
Cheyanna Slack | Gulf Shores, Ala.
Sarabelle Slicer | Crystal River, Fla.
Sabrina Starling | Carlisle, Pa.
Elizabeth Thacker | Winchester, Va.
Jessica Thies | West Olive, Mich.
Shannon Thompson Dillinger | Woodbridge, Va.
Destiny Tom | Dickinson, Texas
Justin Villa | Corvallis, Ore.
Kerrington Wagner | Summerville, Ga.
Sierra Wanca | JBER, Alaska
Jaden Warner | New Orleans, La.
Collin Wood | Olympia, Wash.
Camilee Wright | Macungie, Pa.
Pictured above: Taniya Swinson, recipient of the Capt. Ernest Fox Scholarship with her family. The Fox Scholarship is designated for qualified active-duty Coast Guard members, civilian employees, or their dependents attached to the Coast Guard Aviation Logistic Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. Her brother William Swinson II graduated from East Carolina University with his Master's Degree in May. Also featured: parents William and Monique Swinson.