Children of active duty or retired Coast Guard members who need help to pay for the cost of a post-secondary education may be eligible for scholarship assistance. Not all scholarships are offered to students who have achieved outstanding marks in school. Some scholarship funds are offered to applicants based on financial need, and others are awarded based on other criteria, including the applicant’s personal characteristics and stated goals.
Some Coast Guard scholarships are specifically offered to dependent children of Coast Guard Reservists. Others are used to benefit young people whose parents died in the service of their country.
Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program
This program provides education assistance to dependent children of Coast Guard personnel who are enrolling in an undergraduate degree program at a college or university. Applicants must be in their last year of high school. Three scholarships are awarded each year ($1,000, $750 and $500).
Students who would like to be considered for an award must submit a transcript and two letters of recommendation written by a community leader, teacher or school administrator. Applicants are also required to submit a one-page essay setting out his or her personal, educational and career goals.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships
The Coast Guard Foundation has been providing financial assistance to dependent children of active duty or retired personnel for over two decades. Several scholarships are available, including ones specifically for children of Coast Guard members who died while on active duty.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Education Grant
This program provides assistance to dependent children or a spouse of CG active duty or retired personnel with demonstrated financial need. Up to $250 per year is provided. These funds cannot be used to pay for tuition expenses.
Coast Guard Combat Veterans Scholarship Award
The Philips Van Campen Taylor Scholarship Award is sponsored by the CG Combat Veterans Association. One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is awarded each year to a student who has achieved academic excellence in one of the following subjects:
All applicants for the award must be a blood relative of a member of the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association between the ages of 17-19 years of age. He or she must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.9 and be pursuing a degree in one of the subjects listed above. This award is made based on financial need.
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Scholarships
USAA Scholarships are available to enlisted Coast Guard Reservists or their dependents who are pursuing a post-secondary degree, technical or vocational certificate. The deadline for applying for this source of financial assistance is in July.
Since each scholarship program sets its own criteria for evaluating applications, students should review this information carefully before submitting their materials. Incomplete applications or ones received after the deadline for submission will not be considered, and the student will miss out on the opportunity to receive funding to pay for his or her educational costs.