Victoria student receives Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship

Stonington, Conn. — The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has awarded a record-breaking 177 new scholarships in 2018. Combined with two Fallen Heroes Scholars and three multi-year award recipients the Foundation will assist 182 students with $500,000 dollars in support this year. In the 28 years of this program, the Coast Guard Foundation has paid out more than $5.1 million to more than 960 college-aged young adults to help the families of Coast Guard members achieve their goals of higher education.

Award recipient Brandon DeSanno, son of SC Jamie DeSanno, from Victoria, Texas, will attend Texas A&M University in the fall.

Award recipient Madeleine Hayes, daughter of MCPO Jeffrey Hayes, from Willis, Texas, will attend the University of Texas – Austin in the fall.

Award recipient Allison Peterson, daughter of FSC Matthew Peterson, from Sour Lake, Texas, will attend Lamar University in the fall.

The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships benefit the children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served in the United States Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased.

“The children of the brave men and women of the Coast Guard have shown dedication to their studies and communities. The high standards they’ve set for themselves are evident in the work they’ve done,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “We consider these scholarships not only an investment in the personal ambitions of the next generation, but also in the future of our country.”

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


Top – Jessica Jackson & Family; Madelynn Gaus & Family; Lily Kumar

Bottom – Emily Johnson & father Jere R. Johnson; Victoria Domenech (center right) & Family; Victoria Lanning & father Michael Lanning