News // Jun 10, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020

  • Jennifer Crowley Fyke

More than sixty Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipients are members of the Class of 2020. What an amazing accomplishment, we are so proud of you!

COVID-19 forced all of our college students to complete their spring semesters from home, and the Class of 2020 attended virtual graduations and commencement ceremonies all across the country.

“The funding I received through the Coast guard Foundation allowed me to focus on my studies, sports, and extracurricular activities, and ultimately helped me make the absolute most of my college experience," shared Matthew Albert, new graduate of the Dominican University of California. Matthew is the son of BMC William Albert, USCG (Ret.)

Katie Minehart
"Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship was the last bit of funding that enabled me to not have to take out loans to attend university." -Katie Minehart, American University. Katie's father is ETC David Minehart, USCG (Ret.)

We asked VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara, USCG (Ret.), former Vice-Commandant and current Coast Guard Foundation Director, for some advice for the graduating class.

"We at the Coast Guard Foundation and the generous donors who supported your education are optimistic because we have seen your determination, we know that you are ready for the challenges of building a better way forward. From first jobs, public service, or perhaps continued studies, whichever path you choose, set goals and pursue them with passion. Remain focused, be grateful for your circumstances, and make your mark with hard work. Have the courage to broaden your thinking and expand your networks. And finally, have some fun Class of 2020. Congratulations!"

Joriam Rivera2
"The Foundation provided me resources to pay for my tuition. They really cared about helping me reach my goals." - Joriam Rivera, College of New Jersey. Joriam's father is BMCS Hjalmar Rivera-Tirado, USCG (Ret.)

We are grateful to our generous supporters who invested $439,000 over the last four years in the education in our class of 2020 scholarship recipients.

2020 Graduate Collage
Kasimira Chirieleison, University of San Francisco, with her father, ETC Bruce Chirieleison, USCG (Ret.) | Julie Rensink, Auburn University, daughter of CPO Jeffrey Rensink, USCG (Ret.) | Ryan Montgomery, University of Michigan, son of YN1 Wallace Montgomery, USCG (Ret.).
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