The Coast Guard Foundation, the non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that it has awarded 158 scholarships, totaling $345,500, in the 2021-22 academic year.
“We are honored to continue our dedication to the children of the Coast Guard as they pursue their higher education goals,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “These amazing students are already a benefit to their communities and a proud example of the values instilled in them by their Coast Guard parents. Our support is only possible because of generous investments from individuals, families and foundations across the country.”
Awardees include scholars such as Christopher Albert, who is majoring in business and marketing at San Francisco State University, and Abby Carlan, recipient of the Captain Paul E. Deveau Scholarship, and is enrolled at Truett McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga.
“This is an exciting time in my life, and I am proud that the Coast Guard Foundation is part of my journey,” said Carlan. “With a reduced financial burden, I can completely focus on my academic and athletic endeavors at Truett McConnell University.”
Other scholarship recipients are Isabel DeSanno, who received the Coast Guard Foundation Seaman First Class Peter J. Russo and Signalman Third Class Walter E. Lafferty Scholarship, and is enrolled at Kean University in Union, N.J.; Amar Dunham currently at the College of William and Mary; Kianna Fleek-Dixon, enrolled at the University of Central Florida; and Benjamin Pierias, enrolled at University of California, Berkeley.
“Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship,” said Pierias. “I have absolutely loved my time spent at college and cannot wait to begin my fall classes to continue learning. This would not be possible without the Foundation’s support.”
In the 31 years of the program, the Coast Guard Foundation has awarded over $6 million to more than 1,400 college-aged young adults.