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Rachel Fox

“As I reflect on all that my dad has done for me and for the Coast Guard, I see this scholarship as the Coast Guard community’s way of giving back and showing their members they are valued and appreciated - thank you.”

The Coast Guard Foundation’s scholarship program in 2017 is impacting more families than any time in our history. These scholars and are among the best and brightest displaying not only outstanding academic achievement but also the characteristics befitting of the Coast Guard’s core values.

Rachel Fox, a senior at Duke University pursing a major in Neuroscience and minor in Global Health, is one of our deserving scholars for 2017/18 academic year. She graduated high school top of her class and has continued her academic success into her college career. Rachel plans to graduate in May 2018 and go on to a career serving others by improving the mental health of vulnerable populations such as veterans, refugees, and immigrants.

“In this way, I strive to uphold the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty through improving my local, national, and international community,” she said. Rachel’s father, QM1 Jeffrey Fox (Ret.), has passed these principles onto his family which has guided Rachel through life and influenced her career choices.

After 20 years of active duty, QM1 Fox retired in 2003 and has since served as a civilian Search and Rescue Controller at Sector Hampton Roads in Virginia. QM1 Fox’s service included tours aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ouachita, Durable, Forward, and he was one of 18 survivors from the 1978 Cuyahoga collision and sinking when he was 19 years old.

Despite her busy year-round schedule filled with studying for her challenging classes, many extra curricular activities, and working at a local coffeehouse to help support her studies, Rachel still made time during her summer vacation to volunteer. Through Duke’s summer service-learning program, she joined a nonprofit based in Arizona which advocates for the human and civil rights of migrants and provides search and rescue efforts for the Missing Migrant Hotline.

Thanks to the financial support from the Coast Guard Foundation assisting her tuition, this has given Rachel the opportunity to focus on her work to open Duke’s first American Mock World Health Organization chapter where she plans to attend their National Conference in Georgia this October.

“Since I hope to someday work for the World Health Organization, this opportunity is a crucial learning experience that would not have been possible without the Coast Guard Foundation scholarship,” she said.

“As I reflect on all that my dad has done for me and for the Coast Guard, I see this scholarship as the Coast Guard community’s way of giving back and showing their members they are valued and appreciated - thank you.”

With your generous support, the Coast Guard Foundation has awarded $5 million in college scholarships to U.S. Coast Guard children for higher education.

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