U.S. Coast Guard, Chicago State University partner to provide scholarship and research opportunities, recruit diverse, highly-skilled workforce

Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, and Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University, sign a Memorandum of Agreement November 30, 2018 to increase diversity within the Coast Guard's officer corps while providing scholarship and research opportunities for students. Photo: Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf

Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, and Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University, sign a Memorandum of Agreement November 30, 2018 to increase diversity within the Coast Guard’s officer corps while providing scholarship and research opportunities for students. Photo: Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf

The U.S. Coast Guard and Chicago State University are partnering to increase the diversity of the agency’s military officers and provide students with scholarship and research opportunities and prepare them for the workforce.

Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, and Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University, signed a memorandum of agreement as part of the Coast Guard’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program. Central to the agreement, the Coast Guard offers scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, such as the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), which provides selected students with full tuition for up to two academic years and Coast Guard active-duty benefits and pay (up to $3,600 monthly) during their junior and senior years of college. It also provides students with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training. Seniors who enlist in the Coast Guard could also have up to $60,000 in student loan debt forgiven through the CSPI Student Loan Repayment Program.

“The Coast Guard is strong because of our vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce, and we are laser focused on recruiting the best, most diverse candidates Chicago State University has to offer,” said Rear Adm. Nunan. “I am committed to ensuring this very important initiative is not only successful, but serves as the benchmark for future engagements with other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the nation.”

Chicago State University is the first four-year institution within the Midwest to partner with the Coast Guard. The students and faculty will be able to have hands-on experiences with Coast Guard operations due to the university’s close proximity to field units, including Station Calumet Harbor and Marine Safety Unit Chicago. As part of the agreement, Chicago State University faculty will also have increased opportunities to work with the Coast Guard on projects that could be applied to larger governmental issues such as cybersecurity, marine biology, environmental science and aviation science and technology.

More information about the MSI program can be accessed here.

More information about the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Scholarship program can be accessed here.

Maritime Editorial