My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 19, 2021

The Coast Guard Foundation announced the 2021 Coast Guard children, scholarship awardees  

One hundred fifty-eight Coast Guard children were announced as Coast Guard Foundation 2021 scholarship award recipients. The support funding totaled at $345,500 and awardees were selected based on their academic success and their volunteerism within their communities.  

“When Coast Guard kids receive Coast Guard Foundation scholarships, they incur less debt and deepen their engagement with their communities by volunteering, working, and interning in their chosen fields of study,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. 

Created in 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation states as its mission on its website that it will, “partner with the Coast Guard to provide resources to members and families that build resilience and strengthen the entire community.” Since the scholarship program’s inception in 1990, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to Coast Guard children, proving that they have and continue to actualize their mission. 

There were numerous recipients, and a few were interviewed by the Coast Guard Foundation staff. For example, awardees included scholars such as Christopher Albert, who is majoring in business and marketing at San Francisco State University. He is the child of William T. Albert, a retired Coast Guard veteran. His community activism includes mentoring and tutoring his fellow classmates and leading his team on the soccer field. 

Another recipient, Abby Carlan, is enrolled at Truett McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., where she’ll major in nursing. An active member of her church and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Carlan has a passion for service and giving back to her community. In addition to her rigorous course load, she will play for the women’s volleyball team. She is the child of Craig Carlan, a retired Coast Guard veteran, and she received the Coast Guard Foundation Captain Paul E. Deveau Scholarship this year. 

“Thank you for your generous support. This is an exciting time in my life, and I am proud that the Coast Guard Foundation is part of my journey,” shared Carlan. “With a reduced financial burden, I can completely focus on my academic and athletic career at Truett McConnell University.” 

The Coast Guard joins the Coast Guard Foundation is congratulating all of this year's winners and in thanking the supporters who made the scholarships possible. Visit the Coast Guard Foundation’s website for the full list of winners, donors, and additional information.