The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that it awarded 167 scholarships in 2020, totaling $503,000 in support.
Since the program began in 1990, the Coast Guard Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to Coast Guard children, ensuring they can afford to reach their higher education dreams.
Benjamin Pierias, of Toledo, was one of the recipients of a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship. He is the son of USCG Master Chief Petty Officer David Pierias and is attending the University of California Berkeley this fall.
The Coast Guard Foundation scholarships benefit the children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased.
“We are honored to provide support to Coast Guard youth who are pursuing their higher education goals,” said Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. “Our support is only possible because of generous investments from individuals, families and foundations all across the country. When Coast Guard kids receive a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship, they incur less debt and deepen their engagement with their communities by volunteering, working and interning in their chosen fields of study.”
For more on the Coast Guard Foundation’s scholarship program and the support given to Coast Guard members and their families, view a video at https://youtu.be/i5HMW-zyO6s.
To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, visit www.coastguardfoundation.org.