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Take a Look: How We’re Helping Coast Guard Spouses Go to College

Education grants for Coast Guard spouses are offered at $1,000-$2,000 annually, depending on your area of study.
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by Jennifer Crowley Fyke
February 23, 2024

We’re investing more resources in education grants for Coast Guard spouses than ever before; it’s part of our commitment to triple support to the Coast Guard.

Helping Coast Guard spouses earn their college degrees and professional certifications has many benefits, including contributing to their family’s financial security by increasing their household income, and providing essential services within their communities by working as counselors, nurses, teachers, small business owners, and every profession in-between.

New this year, we are proud to announce that our education grants for Coast Guard spouses are now offered at $1,000 annually. In addition, a partnership with Delta Dental provides education grants valued at $2,000 each for applicants studying dentistry, medicine, nursing, and wellness practices.

We are so proud of our Coast Guard families and spouses putting in the work to make a difference for themselves, their families, and their communities. Last year, we awarded more than 300 grants so Coast Guard spouses could work towards their chosen degrees, professional certifications, and career development goals.

Are you a Coast Guard spouse taking college classes or working on a professional certification or trade program? Apply for a 2024 spouse education grant today.
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Adrianna Wright, Kiara Ford with their families.

“I am so grateful to have received this grant. I have one more year of nursing school left, and this helps my family tremendously. I'm almost at the finish line and graduation is in sight!” Adrianna Wright


"I would like to say thank you for allowing me to be a recipient of the Coast Guard Foundation grant. I appreciate this more than you know and will continue to keep striving and furthering my educational goals."  Kiara Ford

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Abby Hagler, Karla Lovell: Coast Guard Foundation spouse education grant recipients.

"My family and I are very thankful for the generous grant. I recently finished my first semester and could not be more grateful for the opportunity to continue my education to follow my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner."  Abby Hagler

“Thank you very much for the grant. This will allow me the opportunity to continue focusing on my studies and achieve my degree.”  Karla Lovell

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Coast Guard Foundation spouse education grant recipient Brandi Medrano (left) and family.

"The Coast Guard Foundation spouse grant has provided the financial support I so desperately needed to finish my degree and begin actively seeking meaningful employment. Being a recipient of such a generous award drives my passion for giving back. I will be seeking employment in a non-profit organization that allows me to be on the giving end of blessings such as this one." Brandi Medrano

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Sierra Kniskern, Ethan Cockerham: 2023 Coast Guard Foundation spouse education grant recipients

"Many thanks for this amazing Coast Guard Foundation spouse grant. This program has helped me and my family for the last several years. I have earned my associates, bachelor’s, and now master’s degree in nursing!" Sierra Kniskern


"This grant will help me cover the cost of my last quarter of nursing school. Thank you so much. With this support I can cover expenses for my final practicum and pay to take the NCLEX exam."  Ethan Cockerham

With appreciation to our supporters, among them:
American Legion Pacific Palisades Post 283 - Crowley Maritime Corporation - James L. Everitts Foundation – Geico Military - Tommy and Muffet Harmon Foundation – Navy Federal Credit Union – Marc Ordan - Phil and Fran Rouse

Featured Partner
GEICO Military has supported a variety of Coast Guard Foundation programs over the years. For more than 75 years, GEICO has stood out as one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing auto insurers thanks to their low rates, outstanding service, and clever marketing.
Featured Partner
Delta Dental has been a long-time partner of the Coast Guard Foundation providing assistance for Coast Guard spouses pursuing degrees in oral health. Delta Dental is the nation’s leading provider of dental insurance with its core purpose being the advancement of oral health.

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