Spouses of Coast Guard Members

Education support for Coast Guard spouses is an important part of what we do at the Coast Guard Foundation. Scholarships and grants for Coast Guard spouses provide opportunity for a college education, professional licensing and certifications.

Spouses who complete a degree or earn their own income strengthen families by not only creating financial stability, but through finding the sense of fulfillment, confidence and happiness that comes with personal achievement.

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Coast Guard Foundation-Family Childcare Center Provider Grant: Thanks to the generosity of GEICO, a strong supporter of the Armed Forces that has served military customers for more than 80 years, the Coast Guard Foundation will award 20 individual grants of $1,000 each to Coast Guard spouses establishing Family Childcare Centers in government-owned housing at Base Kodiak, Training Center Cape May, Sector New York and Training Center Petaluma. This FCC grant program will be a 2-year pilot.

How to Apply: The application open period is September 1-October 15, 2019. At that time, Coast Guard spouses residing in Coast Guard-owned housing in any of the locations of the pilot who are interested in the FCC grant may contact their local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) listed below for information about becoming a certified FCC provider.


Base Kodiak: Vanessa Bryant, 907-487-5525, Vanessa.D.Bryant@uscg.mil
TRACEN Petaluma: Lena Gavello, 510-437-3237, Lena.M.Gavello@uscg.mil
TRACEN Cape May: Valanda Weston, 609-898-6384, Valanda.M.Weston@uscg.mil
Sector New York: Maura Redy, 718-354-4404, Maura.Redy@uscg.mil

Scholarships for the Spouses of Enlisted Members: The Coast Guard Foundation Lisa Cook Reed Spouse Education Scholarship program has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Coast Guard families since it began in 2010. This award is intended to assist non-military spouses of Enlisted Coast Guard members in ranks E3-E6 studying at a nationally or regionally accredited institution with the award covering expenses like books, school fees, transportation, and child care costs. Awards have been made for 2019; a full awards announcement is coming soon.

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