A college education is the key to the American Dream, opening the door to a world of opportunities. This is why the Coast Guard Foundation's education support is one of the most meaningful ways we show Coast Guard families we value their service, and there is no program which highlights this more than the Fallen Heroes Scholarship.
Since 2015, the program has been supporting three Sara Statts Scholars - Amy Belisle, Adriana Nelson, and Megan McKenzie - who will start their Junior year in college this fall. Amy Belisle is studying Healthcare Administration at the Colorado Christian University and ended her sophomore year on the Dean's List. "School has been amazing," she told us in May.
Adriana Nelson is studying at Virginia Tech and her success in receiving the highest grades in her prerequisite economics classes means she can officially pursue her degree in Economics. In Spring 2018, Adriana will take part in a study abroad in Switzerland, an opportunity to immerse herself in one of the world's principal financial centers which will help not only her studies, but also enhance her resume for future potential employers.
Megan McKenzie is pursuing a dream she had since she was young girl in studying Baking and Pastry at the Art Institute of Tampa. Megan and her mom Margaret make the 80 mile round journey from her their home in Hudson to Tampa three times a week to give Megan the opportunity to get the best possible education and chance of becoming a pastry chef after graduation.
Our three Sara Statts Scholars and their families have sacrificed and experienced unimaginable heartbreak, the Fallen Heroes Scholarship is ensuring these heroes' daughters receive a quality education and are given the best opportunity to build a bright future for themselves and their family.