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Coast Guard Partners with BSU to Expand Student Career Options

September 4, 2019
BSU Becomes Maryland’s First HBCU to Partner with Coast Guard


MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) — Bowie State University became Maryland’s first historically black university to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard under a new agreement signed this week providing BSU students and graduates with expanded access to scholarships, academic options and research opportunities.

President Breaux, Provost Agenyiga and Dean Acquaah join Coast Guard officials in front of BSU signBowie State University President Aminta H. Breaux and U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations, participated in an agreement signing ceremony at the university. Vice Admiral Abel is the initiative’s executive champion, and Captain Joseph Loring, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, is the university’s primary liaison.

“As we celebrate this historic agreement, Bowie State University is honored to have as our newest partner, the U.S. Coast Guard. This partnership will create new career pathways for our students and graduates to enhance the university’s mission and advance our strategic priority of student success,” said President Breaux. “Bowie State University is committed to providing our students with experiences to help them realize their full potential and to contribute to a global society, and we are grateful to the U.S. Coast Guard for its leadership in preparing students for diverse career opportunities.”

The agreement will provide one full-time BSU student a year with the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative scholarship, which covers up to two academic years of tuition, books and essential supplies. Along with the scholarship funds, students receive full pay and active duty Coast Guard member benefits, including medical, dental and housing allowance. Additional BSU students can compete for the scholarship in a national pool of students from all minority-serving institutions.

The partnership will also enhance the Coast Guard’s outreach and engagement efforts with Bowie State, including support for faculty-student research related Coast Guard expertise, as well as enhance recruitment efforts of students and alumni for civilian and military officer jobs.

“As the smallest of the Armed Forces, we demand much from each American that we choose to serve in our ranks,” said Vice Admiral Abel. “We have seen high quality in the officers we have recruited from Bowie State. Our goal in partnering with educational institutions, like BSU, is to ensure that the Coast Guard can continue to recruit and retain a diverse, highly-skilled workforce to meet the wide range of skills and talent required by those serving in the Coast Guard uniform. This diversity will stimulate innovation, new approaches, and fresh perspectives to solve complex organizational challenges now and in the future.”

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