US Coast Guard - CollegStudent Pre-Commissioning Initiative (Scholarship Program) - CSPI

US Coast Guard


The Coast Guard is a unique branch of the military responsible for an array of maritime duties, from ensuring safe and lawful commerce to performing rescue missions in severe conditions. Those actively serving in the Coast Guard, defend America's borders and protect the maritime environment.  

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College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI)

ECSU has been a key player in the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative, or CSPI, bringing university juniors and seniors, together with the Coast Guard for a career as officers. Students attending ECSU, who meet the program requirements, become members of the Coast Guard and upon graduation enter Officer Candidate School.


CSPI provides college sophomores and juniors with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training, while fully funding up to two years of college. Following college graduation, CSPI students receive a guaranteed position at officer candidate school training.

Learn more about College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI).