Written by Matt Clark, Coast Guard Foundation.
The Coast Guard Foundation scholarship program for children of enlisted members is one of the most popular initiatives we have. The students who benefit from these funds are high-achieving individuals with strong character and leadership skills. In 2013, the scholarship fund awarded more than $445,000 to more than 60 deserving Coast Guard children. We are proud to say that we were able to provide every qualified applicant with a grant this year.
Here we’re highlighting four of our 2013 scholars representative of the quality of students receiving Coast Guard Foundation scholarships.
Ryan Molloy was awarded a 4-year, $5,000/year Commander Daniel J. Christovich Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship. He plans on studying engineering at the University of Florida. In high school, he served as the captain of his golf team, as well as a volunteer tutor for fellow students. He was also actively involved with Junior ROTC and Young Marines programs, and a representative for Florida Boy’s State, a summer civics and leadership program sponsored by the American Legion. His father is former PSC Robert D. Molloy.
Brandon Clifford received a 4-year, $5,000/year Rear Admiral Arnold I. Sobel Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship. Brandon is attending the University of Virginia where he will pursue a degree in biology. In addition to being an excellent student with a strong aptitude for math and science, Brandon enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve between his junior and senior years of high school. Brandon’s long-term plan is to become a dentist, while serving his country as a reservist. Brandon’s father is former YNCM Jack Clifford.
Tanner Reeves earned a 4-year, $5,000/year Commander Daniel J. Christovich Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship. He will pursue a degree in psychology at the Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville. As a military child, he had to move frequently, so he learned how to excel quickly in new environments. Tanner has a knack for foreign languages, and was a member of his high school’s German and Spanish clubs. He also volunteered at his local Humane Society, and played soccer and volleyball in high school. Tanner was also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Tanner’s father is former BMC William R. Reeves.
Rachel Archer received a one-time $5,000 Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship to help her attend Oklahoma City University, where she’s signed a letter of intent to compete for the university’s women’s wrestling team. Rachel was the valedictorian of her graduating class, and she also won three wrestling state championships in her weight class. In addition to being a scholar-athlete, Rachel was actively involved in her community, volunteering for the National Honor Society blood drive, and as a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sisters program. She will pursue a degree in nursing at Oklahoma City University. Her father is former EMC Kenneth B. Archer.
The Coast Guard Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of the men and women of the Coast Guard and their families. Founded more than 40 years ago, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education, support and relief for the brave men and women who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland and preserve the environment. The Coast Guard Foundation aims to strengthen their service to our nation by encouraging them to excel on- and off-duty.