CGTLE Foundation Scholars Program

Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship

The Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation proudly announces the Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship. 

The Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship is a tremendous educational opportunity available to those who earn it, in honor of one of our own who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

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SCHOLARship Details

  • $10,000 scholarship (dispersed over four years)
  • Periodic professional support and development from the CG TLE Foundation
  • Invitations to special events
  • Opportunity for internship with the Foundation, if desired

DSF personnel, like Nate Bruckenthal, work tirelessly toward the mission, often at the expense of their families and their own educational opportunities.The Foundation is very excited to support this community of patriots through the Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship will be named Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Scholars.

The scholarship is named after Nate Bruckenthal for multiple reasons. Nate made the ultimate sacrifice for this country; he was was a committed tactical law enforcement team member, and patriot. In close coordination with Mr. Ric Bruckenthal and the Foundation's Board of Directors, we have modeled this program to honor Nate Bruckenthal for what he represented and what he continues to represent today, a man of great integrity and character. 

This scholarship is not a gift, but rather a contract between the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation and the person(s) selected as Scholars. This scholarship exists because of the sacrifices made by those who came before and is only possible because of the generosity of donors who care deeply about this community. A Tactical Law Enforcement parent may have established initial eligibility, but it will be up to the individual recipient to maintain this honor every day. 

Each recipient will be expected to uphold the values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty at all times. If you are willing to shoulder the weight of this responsibility, we invite you to continue with this application and look forward to learning about you!


Savannah Vasquez, 2016 Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Savannah Vasquez, 2016 Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The first recipient of the Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship in 2016 was Savannah Vasquez, daughter of Alvaro and Cynthia Vasquez. Ms. Vasquez is a stellar example of what we imagined that a Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship recipient and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Scholar would represent!

What makes this infinitely more special is that Savannah's father Alvaro served and deployed with Nate overseas. 

Savannah attends East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In high school she received academic honors all four years, was a starter on the varsity soccer and golf teams all four years, and ran on the indoor track team her junior and senior years. 


Connor Tumlinson, 2017 Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Connor Tumlinson, 2017 Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Connor Tumlinson is the 2017 Nate Bruckenthal Scholarship recipient. A member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Class of 2022, Connor is majoring in Music Education and Music Performance.

He graduated from Currituck County High School, where he served as first chair honors symphonic band, jazz, and orchestra. Additionally, Connor represented his high school in the East Region Orchestra and was selected for the All National Honors Concert Band, where he was awarded the All-State Medal. 

Connor is the son of Kelly and Shauna Tumlinson. His father, Master Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Kelly Tumlinson has spent the majority of his career in the Coast Guard's Deployable Specialized Forces.


CGTLEA Scholars - In addition to the annual, four-year Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship, the Foundation awards one-year CGTLEA Scholarships when funding permits. 

Madison McNally, 2017 CGTLEA Scholar - Florida International University in Miami, Fla, majoring in Political Science and International Relations (class of 2019). Daughter of John and Maggie Strunk. Her father, John, served at TACLET South.

Madison McNally, 2017 CGTLEA Scholar - Florida International University in Miami, Fla, majoring in Political Science and International Relations (class of 2019). Daughter of John and Maggie Strunk. Her father, John, served at TACLET South.

Katelyn Sinclair, 2017 CGTLEA Scholar - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in Sound Design (class of 2018). Daughter of Michelle and Chris Sinclair. Her father, Chris, served in the LEDET community and at SMTC.

Katelyn Sinclair, 2017 CGTLEA Scholar - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in Sound Design (class of 2018). Daughter of Michelle and Chris Sinclair. Her father, Chris, served in the LEDET community and at SMTC.


Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation
Scholars Program

Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship

Standing Rules and Regulations

SECTION I – Purpose.

The Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation Scholars Program and the Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship is established to financially assist dependent sons/daughters of Tactical Law Enforcement community members of the United States Coast Guard on active duty, retired or reserve.

SECTION II – Funds.

1. All funds expended for grants will be taken from the income earned by the assets in the Bruckenthal Scholarship Program accounts.

2. Grants will be given in the amount of $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four years). The grants must be fully funded prior to being awarded. The number of awards will be at the discretion of the Executive Board. Funds are to be used toward expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning beyond high school.

3. Any expenditure, other than grants, must be authorized by the Executive Board. No expenditure shall be made other than in furtherance of the purposes stated in the Standing Rules and Regulations and the administration thereof.

SECTION III – Governing Board.

A Scholarship Committee comprised of not fewer than three and not more than six members shall be appointed by the Executive Board prior to 1 September of each year. The committee shall formulate the application; prepare instructions to the applicants, select the recipients of the grants and provide to the Executive Board the names of the recipients prior to 1 June.

SECTION IV – Amendment of the Standing Rules and Regulations.

Amendments of the Standing Rules and Regulations shall only be made by two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.

SECTION V – Eligibility and Application Requirements.

1. An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

a. Be the dependent son/daughter of a Tactical Law Enforcement member (i.e. a member permanently authorized to wear the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Insignia) of the United States Coast Guard on active duty, retired or reserve.

b. Be a senior in high school with an average of “C” or better during the most recent two semesters or be currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning with an average of “C” or better for the year immediately prior to application.

c. If enrolled in an institution of higher learning, be enrolled in a full time course of instruction based on school or program criteria.

d. Applicants must show proof of full time enrollment in order to receive subsequent payments during their second, third and fourth years.

e. The financial status of the applicant or applicant’s parents shall not be a factor in eligibility or in awarding grants.

2. Application Requirements:

a. Applications shall be submitted electronically to the Scholarship Committee, not later than 1 May each year.

b. Applicant must submit proof that one of their parents is a member of the United States Coast Guard on active duty, retired or reserve who is permanently authorized to wear the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Insignia. A document establishing eligibility of the parent is required: for example a DD-214, letter from the unit, etc.

c. Applicants shall submit with their application their reason(s) for attending or desiring to attend an accredited institution of higher learning. Submissions shall be limited to two hand-written pages or one typed page and must specifically include immediate and long-range goals.

d. Applicants who have not completed one or more years at an institution of higher learning shall furnish a certified copy of his/her scholastic record beginning with the tenth grade. Applicants who have completed one or more years at an institution of higher learning shall furnish a certified copy of his/her academic record beyond high school. Unofficial transcripts should be emailed to scholarship@cgtlea.org. Official transcripts will be required if selected.

e. Applicants shall furnish a copy of their letter of acceptance at an institution of higher learning.

f. Applicants are encouraged to submit documentation in support of any personal accomplishments, extracurricular activities, or community service performed during the past two years.

SECTION VI – Presentation of Grants

Grants and follow up payments will be made during the month of August. Whenever possible, grants will be presented by a chapter of the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Association in the vicinity of the grant recipient. The chapter should schedule appropriate ceremonies and a presentation should be made by the chapter president or an Association member in the area.

Effective 09 Jul 2016

For more information, contact scholarship@cgtlea.org.

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