Scholarships

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  1. savannahk

    savannahk Member

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    Recently I have received an official appointment and I was wondering if anyone could provide any insight or information as to how the academy deals with scholarships. I won a sportsmanship scholarship for sailing this summer at one of our big regattas and was wondering how it would translate. Also, our school and community has over 50 scholarships that we can apply for - but I was just wondering what it would be used towards if it could be used (like cadet accounts for uniforms and other expenses?). Thank you for all input! :)
     
  2. USCGA2017hopeful

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    On the Admissions website, it says
    "Q: Does the Coast Guard Academy accept scholarships?
    A: Yes, we do. However, there are some exceptions. If you have been offered an appointment and have questions about applying your scholarships, please contact your Admissions Officer. "
     
  3. savannahk

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    I have done that, but I was wondering if anyone on here had any input. Thanks though USCGA2017hopeful.
     
  4. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    My son is in CGAS now. Following receipt of his offer, he decided not to apply for any additional scholarships. He felt he did not need them as the Coast Guard was paying his way already, and there were others that would need the scholarships more.
     
  5. goldenlion

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    My DD had a $1K scholarship that she applied to her expenses (books, uniforms). Each scholarship is a little different (some have stipulations, etc). It also depends on who the check is made out to. Call the academy. I found them helpful.
     
  6. Packer

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    My son did the same. He said it didn't feel right to him.
     
  7. savannahk

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    That's how I feel too! But there are scholarships that are awarded to people that you don't even apply for and they're given to you based on the activities you're in.
     
  8. Packer

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    I am not passing judgement. If my post came off sounding critical it was not meant to.
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    My opinion regarding scholarships is about a free market as my opinion of receiving an appointment to an academy.

    As cadets and midshipmen consider leaving people say "you're wasting a spot" or "someone else who would have appreciated that would have gone"....

    You know what? If someone else wants a scholarship or admission to an academy... that person has to earn it.

    "There are others who need scholarship money". True, and had they done whatever you did, and had they done it better, that scholarship would have been theirs.

    But they didn't, so it isn't.

    Enought with the guilt of everyone not receiving a participation trophy (or in the military, the National Defense Medal). It does them no good in the real world.
     
  10. Packer

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    I guess I missed that in the thread.
    My son decided he didn't need the money so he wasn't going to apply.
     
  11. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    First, I need to learn how to spell enough without a T... just naturally happens for me.

    Second, that's my fault, re-reading it, it did come off like I was directing that at you. I wasn't trying to do that though.

    So maybe I should have worded it like this.

    Anything you have achieved through your hard work, especially scholarships and acceptance to various schools is someonthing you've EARNED. Don't feel bad if others haven't done the same. That's not on you, it's on them. If you are able to cut into the $3,000 or so (or whatever it is these days_, with scholarships, do it.

    Not everyone has put in the hours you have for scholarships. Your job will provide for the social good, no need to start by wishing away a scholarship to someone who has to pay more than you for college.

    That's a general rant, not specifically focused on your intent or wishes. :wink::biggrin:
     
  12. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    LITS, respect every post you make. In this case, the wife and I gave offspring that same argument. He was very active and qualified for a lot of $$. He said others needed it more, and basically dug his heels in. We gave in to him. In one sense, there were others with need. We're in a small town, and we got hit hard with flooding the fall before his graduation. He had daily reminders that others around him were way worse off than he was.
     
  13. Packer

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    We are 100% in agreement on this.
    There is no shame in taking what one has earned.:thumb:
     
  14. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I received some scholarship money, but after accepting my appointment to CGA, I didn't take/use scholarships. I could have, but I didn't, and only because I didn't need to. I turned down scholarships to colleges and appointments to USNA and USMMA, not because someone had a better claim to it, but because I didn't need it.


    There are hundreds of millions, or billions, around the world that have less and need more than anyone who visits SAF. I wouldn't argue that in a second.


    It's up to the student to decide, without being guilted. I'm not saying ANYONE in this thread has even approached that, but I have seen it on other threads, usually from people who were not offered an appointment or scholarship.
     
  15. Sailor2016

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    As a member of the class of 2016, I received a scholarship last year at graduation from my high school. I sent the paperwork to USCGA and they processed it and out it into my account that is used to pay back for my uniforms and books. If you have a scholarship, or can get one. I recommend it because you will need to pay for books and uniforms upon being accepted into the academy. Hope this helps!
     
  16. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    It is a joy to see another CGA class with a "6" in the "ones place". I always felt slightly connected to the class of 1996 and 1986 (and on a rare occasion, 1976).
     

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