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Coast Guard Foundation Announces 168 Scholarships Awarded For 2022-2023 Academic Year

Stonington, Conn. — The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today that it has awarded 168 new scholarships in 2022 totaling $550,000 in support for the 2022-2023 academic year. Since the program’s inception in 1990, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships, ensuring Coast Guard children can build strong futures through a college education or technical school training.

Jasmine Avans is a 2022 graduate of Arundel High School in Grambrils, Maryland, and is enrolled at Bowie State University where she will major in business management with a goal to lead her own business upon graduation. She is the daughter of retired Coast Guard veteran Tameka Avans.

James Burgess is a three-year Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipient and is a rising junior at Texas State University where he is studying electrical engineering. At Texas State, he volunteers with Bobcat Build to complete community service projects that include landscaping, painting and clean-ups at residents’ homes, local schools, parks, churches and neighborhoods. He is the son of retired Coast Guard veteran Evan Burgess.

Fabiola Leon Gallardo is a rising senior at Louisiana State University, after graduating from Fort Pierce High School in Florida. She is studying mass communication with a concentration in public relations. She is the daughter of Chief Petty Officer Joneric Santos. She received the CAPT James F. Phair, USCG, Memorial Scholarship.

Nathan Otero is a four-year Coast Guard Foundation scholarship recipient and will graduate from Wichita State University in 2023 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation he will continue his education with the goal of earning a PhD while putting his skills and education to effective use in a professional setting. He is the son of retired Coast Guard veteran Andrew Otero.

Eric Smith graduated from Franklin High School in Tennessee and is enrolling at the University of Alabama this fall where he plans to study finance. He is the son of retired Coast Guard veteran Joseph E Smith. Upon completing his degree, he plans to apply to the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School to earn his commission in the service. Eric received the William Cargill Scholarship.

Ashley Williams graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego this year and is headed to Texas Tech University to study biology on a pre-med track, with a goal of serving as a trauma surgeon in the military. She is the daughter of Petty Officer 1st Class David Williams, USCG Reserve.

“Our mission of ensuring Coast Guard members have needed resources extends in a vital way to supporting their children’s education goals,” said Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. “These talented, high-achieving students are an example of the Coast Guard’s spirit and values, and just like their families, they are uplifting their communities along with themselves. Our scholarships are made possible by generous donations from individuals, families, corporations and foundations across the country.”

For more on the Coast Guard Foundation’s scholarship program and the support given to Coast Guard members and their families, please view this video: https://youtu.be/i5HMW-zyO6s.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call (860) 535-0786.

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