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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 7, 2023

Coast Guard Foundation announces scholarships for reservists, dependents

By AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG staff writer

Coast Guard Foundation Reserve Scholarship Program 

The Coast Guard Foundation will award eight $1,000 scholarships to enlisted Coast Guard reservists or their eligible dependents. 

Submit your application by Aug. 15. 

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be an enlisted reservist or their dependent, 
  • Be enrolled in, or accepted by, an accredited school, 
  • Be pursuing your first associate, bachelor, master, or doctoral degree or a technical or vocational certificate, and, 
  • Maintain the minimum grade point average to remain in a degree or certificate status. 

In your application package, you must include:  

  • A cover letter attesting to the eligibility and including contact phone numbers, mailing address, and email address of both the applicant and the sponsor, 
  • An essay describing an accomplishment you are proud of and how your experience with the Coast Guard Reserve has enabled or inspired that accomplishment.  

Email your application package to the Assistant Commandant for Reserve (CG-R) at

Your school must send your official transcript or proof of enrollment directly to  

The Coast Guard Foundation will select and announce scholarship awards in September.  

You can find additional Coast Guard Foundation Reserve Scholarship Program information at and in ALCOAST 181/23.  

Coast Guard Foundation Spouse Grant  

The Coast Guard Foundation awards $500 grants to Coast Guard spouses who meet the following eligibility standards: 

  • Non-military spouses of enlisted Coast Guard members in ranks E3 – E8.  
  • Enrolled in professional development courses, licensing courses, certificates, certifications and college and graduate level degrees from a nationally or regionally accredited institution.   

You must submit proof of 2023 enrollment, provide basic biographic information and answer questions about your area of study. 

The Coast Guard Foundation awards the $500 grants in the order in which they are received, with priority given to spouses of members E-6 and under. If sufficient funds are available, they will offer spouses of E-7 members a grant based on the date of their completed application. Priority will be given to spouses pursuing first degrees (associates and bachelors), licenses and certifications. If sufficient funds are available, grants will be offered for second degrees. 

The application for the Coast Guard Foundation Spouse Grant can be found here: