Coast Guard fallen heroes scholarship fund receives Navy League contribution

Washington – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that the Navy League of the United States has included the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund as a beneficiary.

During its 2nd Annual National Tribute Dinner held last night in Washington DC, the Navy League of the United States awarded the Coast Guard Foundation $75,000 to be used for its Fallen Heroes Fund.

The Navy League selected the Foundation for its outstanding service supporting men and women in uniform and their families, and for establishing the first ever scholarship program for families of fallen Coast Guard personnel. The Fallen Heroes Fund benefits the families of Coast Guard men and women lost in the line of duty, providing up to four years of support for children and spouses who wish to continue their education.

“We are thrilled to receive this distinguished honor and support from the Navy League of the United States,” said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Our Fallen Heroes Fund is one of the many successful programs we have created to help families rebuild their lives and, with the award from the Navy League, we are excited to expand assistance to a greater number of deserving families.”

The Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund was established with a gift from John and Delinda Statts of Savannah, Georgia, in memory of John’s parents, Captain Frederick J. Statts, a 1936 Coast Guard Academy graduate and 30-year Coast Guard member, and his wife Sara Statts. The first scholarship was presented in 2006 to Mrs. Pattie Bruckenthal allowing her to attend nursing school. Mrs. Bruckenthal is the widow of DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal who was killed during a terrorist attack in the Middle East. Additional scholarships have been provided to departed Coast Guard member Michael Lester’s children, Shelby and Michael Lester, Jr.

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