Savannah Tech creates scholarship to support U.S. Coast Guard spouses

Best for Vets 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College has established a new scholarship to cover gap funding for spouses of U.S. Coast Guard members.

This scholarship will provide financial support for tuition, fees, books and tools/equipment that students need for programs at the college up to $4,000 per student. To be eligible for the college’s new U.S. Coast Guard spouse scholarship, spouses must receive the HOPE Grant and enrolled in a diploma or certificate program. Other areas of the armed forces have a program called My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) for spouses, however this benefit is not available for U.S. Coast Guard spouses. Funding for this scholarship comes from the college’s Freedom Fund established in 2016 with a generous donation.

“With over 250 Coast Guard families in the Savannah area, we are incredibly grateful to Savannah Tech for going the extra mile to ensure that ALL Armed Forces spouses have the opportunity to receive scholarship support to pursue higher education,” said CDR Marshall Branch, commanding officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Savannah, Ga. “We often acknowledge that one of the toughest jobs in the military is that of the military spouse. The MyCAA program is a fantastic opportunity to support those spouses, and we thank Savannah Tech for opening that door to U.S. Coast Guard families as well.”

Savannah Technical College is a regionally accredited Institution of Higher Learning and approved to participate and administer Veteran’s Education Assistance programs.

Ranked #1 in the U.S. as “Best for Vets” in 2016 by Military Times for Career & Technical Colleges, Savannah Technical College has the largest enrollment of military-affiliated students in the Technical College System of Georgia. One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse. The College waives all general mandatory fees for active duty service members using military tuition assistance. In 2015, Savannah Tech opened a Veteran’s Service Center at the Savannah campus.

For more information about military services or enrollment, visit or contact STC’s Military Outreach Coordinator Jeff Ashmen (912.443.4155 or

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#1744 | June 7, 2017
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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

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