11 Best Scholarships for Coast Guard Members

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The Best Scholarships for Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their Families

Whether you’re active duty, reserve, or a family member, your affiliation with the U.S. Coast Guard may make you eligible for some terrific academic scholarships. Check out this list.

Captain Ernest W. Fox Perpetual Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Who’s Eligible: For qualified active duty Coast Guard, civil service employee personnel or their dependents at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistic Center.

The scholarship can be used for preparatory, collegiate, postgraduate, professional and vocational education, formal or informal training.

Deadline:  March 29

For more information and to apply for this scholarship: click here

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship: Enlisted Member Dependent Children – First Time Applicants

Awards: $1,000 – $5,000 (multiple awards)

Who’s Eligible: For children of active duty, retired, or active reserve Coast Guard members.

Deadline:  April 16

For more information and to apply for this scholarship: click here

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship: Enlisted Member Dependent Children – Returning Applicants

Awards: $1,000 – $5,000 (multiple awards.)

Who’s Eligible: For children of active duty, retired, or active reserve Coast Guard members who are returning/renewal applicants.

Deadline: March 29

For more information and to apply for this scholarship: click here.

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship: Dependent Children of Officers Scholarship

Awards: $2,500 (multiple awards)

Who’s Eligible: Dependent children of an active duty or retired Coast Guard officer are eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 29

For more information and to apply for this scholarship: click here.

Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Coast Guard Members Educational Grants

Awards: Multiple. Amount Varies

Who’s Eligible: Designed to assist eligible enlisted personnel in their academic or technical development by providing funding for tuition, fees, and miscellaneous expenses incurred in completing off-duty voluntary education.

Deadline:  October 1

For more information and to apply for this grant: click here.

Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Awards: Varies

Who’s Eligible: For enrolled college students, or college bound students who are currently unmarried dependent children of  enlisted and commissioned men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard who lost  their lives in Coast Guard land, air, or sea operations. Applicants must be under the age of 23 and working on their first undergraduate degree.

Deadline: Candidates my apply at any time.

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here.

Coast Guard Foundation Spouses of Coast Guard Members Scholarships

Awards: 10 awards of $2,000 each.

Who’s Eligible: For spouses of enlisted Coast Guard Members pursuing a degree or professional certificate.

Deadline:  February 7

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here.

Coast Guard Foundation Coast Guard Reserve Families Scholarship

Awards: Vary

Who’s Eligible: For both Reservists and their family members who are pursuing higher education to pay for things like books, lab fees, and technical equipment.

Deadline:  August 15

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here.

Coast Guard Pre-Commissioning Scholarship

Awards: Full tuition and fees, insurance, salary, housing allowance (multiple awards)

Who’s Eligible: Students between the ages of 19 and 28 who are currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor’s degree program at designated college or institution with the desire to complete college and receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.

Deadline:  September

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here or contact a Coast Guard recruiter at 1-877-NOW-USCG ext. 205

The Colona Scholarship

Awards: $4,000 dispersed in four annual $1,000 awards.

Who’s Eligible: For dependent children of enlisted members of the United States Coast Guard (active, retired, or reserve) who are pursing a 4-year undergraduate degree and who carry at least a “C” average.

Deadline:  June 1

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here.

The Keller Scholarship

Awards: $750 multiple awards.

Who’s Eligible: For dependent children of members in good standing or who were members in good standing of the CWOA, United States Coast Guard at the time of their death. These scholarships are for higher education.

Deadline:  March 15

For more information and to apply for this scholarship click here.

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