Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) Scholarship Program

Recognizing the value of education and the benefits it brings to the Coast Guard Family, the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) Scholarship Program was established to provide additional financial resources to dependent children of Coast Guard personnel embarking on undergraduate college/university studies.  Annually a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to the outstanding applicants on a one-time basis.  The number of scholarships granted each year depends on available funding. Coast Guard Exchange System (CGX) Scholarship Program, CSCINST 1780 provides amplifying information on the program and application process.

DeadlineApplications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the CGX Scholarship Committee no later than 28 February (current year), the application deadline.  No extensions will be granted.

EligibilityThe Program provides scholarship to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and military retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employees, and current Coast Guard Auxiliarists that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be in the last year of high school or home schooling and scheduled to graduate and attend college full-time during the subsequent year.  Those who have already graduated are not eligible to apply.

  • Students must plan to attend an accredited college or university for undergraduate studies.  Scholarships will not be awarded for participation in nonacademic and/or certified programs.  Students accepting appointments to USAFA, USNA, USMA, USCGA, or USMMA are not eligible.

Award CriteriaCGX scholarships are awarded based upon academic achievement, accomplishments, interests, participation, and demonstrated leadership in both school-oriented and community/volunteer activities.

Application Procedures.  Interested students must complete the CGXScholarship Program Application Form CG-5687, by Clicking This Link, or from the POC listed below.

  • Applicants must submit a completed CGX Scholarship Program Application. Completed forms should be emailed to or mailed to: CGX Scholarship Committee, Coast Guard CSC, Battlefield Technology Center 1, 510 Independence Pkwy, STE 500, Chesapeake, VA 23320-5191.

  • In addition to the completed application, the following documents must be submitted:

    • Official academic transcript to include the first semester of the senior year.  (Arrangements may be made with the applicant's high school to submit the student's academic transcript directly to the CGX Scholarship Committee.  The transcript should reflect the applicant's exact or approximate class ranking; omission results is an incomplete application).

    • Home schooled applicants should submit the current year-end standardized test results such as IOWA Basic Skills Test, Stanford Achievement Test, or other such tests if available, and S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores if taken.

    • S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores.  Applicant may submit a photocopy of these scores or opt to have the testing agency forward the results directly to the CGX Scholarship Committee at the address above.  For 2021 only if a test score is unavailable due to COVID-19 please submit all other requirements for the packet as this requirement has been changed to optional for submission packets.

    • A short single-spaced essay, not to exceed one typewritten page, explaining what the applicant hopes to achieve in his/her college career, including educational, professional, and personal goals.

    • Two letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators, and/or community leaders.

Point of Contact:

You may reach the CGX Scholarship POC, at (757) 842-4957, or click here to email.