Written by Candice Harrison
Recognizing the value of education and the benefits it brings to the Coast Guard family, the Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program was established to provide additional financial resources to dependent children of Coast Guard members embarking on undergraduate college or university studies. Annually, a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants on a one-time basis. The number of scholarships granted each year depends on available funding.
Eligibility. The Program provides scholarships to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve and retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employee dependents, as well as current Coast Guard Auxiliary dependents who meet the following eligibility requirements:
• The applicant must be in their last year of high school or home schooling and scheduled to graduate and attend college full-time during the subsequent year. Those who have already graduated are not eligible to apply.
• Students must plan to attend an accredited college or university for undergraduate studies. Scholarships will not be awarded for participation in non-academic or certificate programs. Students accepting appointments to the U.S. Military, U.S. Naval, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard academies, or the U.S. Merchant Marine academy are not eligible.
Award Criteria. CGES scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, accomplishments, interests; participation and demonstrated leadership in both school-oriented and community volunteer activities.
• In addition to the completed application, the following documents must also be submitted:
(1) The official academic transcript to include the first semester of the senior year. Arrangements may be made with the applicant’s high school to submit the student’s academic transcript directly to the CGES Scholarship Committee. The transcript should reflect the applicant’s exact or approximate class ranking; any omission may result in an incomplete application.
(2) Home schooled applicants should submit the current year-end standardized test results such as IOWA Basic Skills Test, Stanford Achievement Test, or other such tests if available, and S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores if taken.
(3) S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores. The applicant may submit a photocopy of these scores or opt to have the testing agency forward the results directly to the CGES Scholarship Committee at the below address.
(4) A short single-spaced essay, not to exceed one typewritten page, explaining what the applicant hopes to achieve in their college career, including educational, professional, and personal goals.
(5) Two letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators or community leaders.
Deadline. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the CGES scholarship committee, at the address shown below and postmarked no later than 28 February, the application deadline. No extensions will be granted.
The CGES Scholarship Committee
Coast Guard Community Services Command
Battlefield Technology Center I
510 Independence Parkway, Suite 500
Chesapeake, VA 23320-5191