The Coast Guard offers scholarship programs to people planning to enlist in the Guard after graduating from college or university. Scholarship recipients may also qualify to be paid a salary while in school. If you are interested in this type of career and have no objection to an “earn while you learn” arrangement, consider applying for one of the scholarship opportunities available from the Coast Guard.
You will want to make sure that you read through the eligibility requirements before applying for funding. Since accepting scholarships funds means committing to serving in the Guard as an officer for three years, you will also want to make sure that you are prepared to undertake this responsibility after graduation.
College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program
CSPI scholarships provide funding for the junior and senior years of a four-year degree program. The program pays for the following costs in full:
- Life and Medical insurance coverage
Scholarship recipients also collect a salary during the funding period. They are also entitled to 30 days of paid vacation per annum. CSPI recipients are required to finish their degree and the Coast Guard’s leadership training program within a 24-month period.
A student interested in this scholarship program must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Combined score of 1100 on SAT Reasoning Test or ACT composite score of 23 or higher
- Between the ages of 19 and 27 years
- Sophomore or junior enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university
AFCEA General Emmett Paige Scholarships
This scholarship opportunity is available to active duty members of the uniformed military services. Veterans (honorably discharged), military spouses and children can also apply for this scholarship. Full-time students may receive $2,000 in funding to pay for the cost of obtaining a four-year degree in Engineering (aerospace, computer, chemical or electrical), Mathematics or Physics. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.4 is required for to be considered.
The Captain Ernest W. Fox Perpetual Scholarship Program (FOX)
This program was established to provide an education or training benefit to personnel at the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (ARSC) located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is offered each year and active duty enlisted personnel and officers, civilian employees, and their dependents are eligible to apply.
Enlisted Education Grant
The Enlisted Education Grant is offered to enlisted Coast Guard personnel who have a minimum of two years of active duty service and who are in pay grades E-3 to E-9. It pays $350 per year and these funds may be used by personnel who are accessing Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits to help pay for the cost of a post-secondary program.
If you are thinking of joining the Coast Guard or are already a member of this branch of the Armed Services and want to get financial assistance to help pay for your education, consider applying for one of the available scholarship programs. Funding is available to qualified applicants so they don’t have to fund the complete cost of obtaining a degree personally or through student loans.
More Information About Coast Guard Scholarships
Below is a list of additional resources that we have put together for specific members of the Coast Guard.