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How to Apply for a Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship this Year

It’s scholarship season here at the Coast Guard Foundation. Applications completed and submitted February 1-March 15, 2023, will be considered for a scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year.
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by Jennifer Crowley Fyke
January 20, 2023

It’s scholarship season here at the Coast Guard Foundation.

Applications completed and submitted February 1-March 15, 2023, will be considered for a scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year. Our merit-based scholarships range in value from $2,000-$5,000 annually. Eligible applicants may apply for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Most of our scholarships benefit the dependents of enlisted members who are active duty, reserve or retired. However, we do have several scholarship opportunities for the children of commissioned officers, and a unique scholarship for Aviation Logistics Command Elizabeth City Coast Guard families.

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated donors and supporters who recognize the value of investing in education for Coast Guard children and families. Please help us share the program so we can deliver scholarship aid to as many Coast Guard families as possible. We welcome all Coast Guard ombudsmen, spouse groups, Chiefs’ Mess, Gold and Silver Badges, CPOA branches – and more – to let your members and friends know about our scholarship program.

Our merit-based scholarships range in value from $2,000-$5,000 annually. Eligible applicants may apply for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Most of our scholarships benefit the dependents of enlisted members who are active duty, reserve or retired. However, we do have several scholarship opportunities for the children of commissioned officers, and a unique scholarship for Aviation Logistics Command Elizabeth City Coast Guard families.

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated donors and supporters who recognize the value of investing in education for Coast Guard children and families. Please help us share the program so we can deliver scholarship aid to as many Coast Guard families as possible. We welcome all Coast Guard ombudsmen, spouse groups, Chiefs’ Mess, Gold and Silver Badges, CPOA branches – and more – to let your members and friends know about our scholarship program.

Apply for a 2023 Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship
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Children of Enlisted Coast Guard Members:

  • Applications must be submitted online through our scholarship portal at coastguardfoundation.org/apply. Search for the application: 2023 Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Member Dependent Scholarship - First Time Applicants
  • Applicants applying for the first time must complete basic bio data, provide details 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: 2023 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.
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Children of Commissioned Coast Guard Officers:

  • The ADM Robert J. Kramek Scholarship is open to children of enlisted members and commissioned Coast Guard officers.
  • The Eight Bells Scholarship, provided through the generosity of maritime historian and author William H. White, is open to the children of commissioned Coast Guard officers.
  • Applications must be submitted at coastguardfoundation.org/apply. Search for: 2023 Coast Guard Foundation Children of Officers Application.
  • Applicants must complete biographical data, provide details 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.
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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 to show their appreciation to the people who work at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center.
  • This scholarship is open to qualified active-duty Coast Guard, civil service employees or their dependents (child or spouse) at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistic Center.
  • The scholarship may be used for preparatory, collegiate, postgraduate, professional, and vocational education, formal, or informal training that 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 details 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 or how to complete the application? Please call our office at 860-535-0786 or email Ms. Sage Williams, Program Manager, at swilliams@coastguardfoundation.org.