Record Coast Guard Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ships

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The Coast Guard Foun­da­tion an­nounced a record num­ber of schol­ar­ship awards for the 2017-2018 aca­demic year to as­sist Coast Guard fam­i­lies in achiev­ing their ed­u­ca­tion goals.

A to­tal of 166 new stu­dents will re­ceive Coast Guard Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ships this year, a 30 per­cent in­crease from last year, and the num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease in 2018. Four of this year’s re­cip­i­ents are class vale­dic­to­ri­ans and two are salu­ta­to­ri­ans, 27 had a high-school GPA of 4.0 or higher, and one-third are STEM ma­jors.

Com­bined with mul­ti­year schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents and three Fallen Heroes schol­ars, the Coast Guard Foun­da­tion is pro­vid­ing $500,000 to support 179 stu­dents this year.

In the 27 years of this program, the foun­da­tion has paid out more than $4.7 mil­lion to more than 780 col­lege-age stu­dents.

“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard are the epit­ome of ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment,” said Su­san Lud­wig, pres­i­dent of the Coast Guard Foun­da­tion. “Their chil­dren have again and again demon­strated that they too hold them­selves to that same high standard. We are proud to give back to these young in­di­vid­u­als by in­vest­ing in their fu­ture. We be­lieve that it is an in­vest­ment that will ben­e­fit these fam­i­lies and ul­ti­mately our coun­try.”

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