CMA Education Foundation Maritime Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program provides financial support to students who are excelling in maritime studies in college or graduate school and to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing such studies.

Top awards of $10,000 are paid directly to schools as tuition reimbursement.

Each year multiple one-time Scholarship Awards ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 are awarded and made payable directly to the student.

For 2024 the CMA Education Foundation received a generous one-time grant from First10Forward ( See the press release here. In keeping with their mission, the CMA EF has set aside for 2024, two $15,125 scholarships for women currently studying at a maritime academy and pursuing both a maritime degree and a USCG Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer License. Eligible students for this special 2024 scholarship must have successfully completed at least one full year of undergraduate studies and are actively pursuing a license as indicated above. Awards for these two scholarships will be paid directly to the student’s school account as tuition reimbursement and can be used for academics, school fees and/or sea term.

All applications are reviewed by the CMA Education Foundation Scholarship Committee and awards are approved by the Board of Directors.

Winners will be based on quality of essay or video submission, academic achievement, faculty reference and those who best demonstrate their interest in a career in the maritime industry. For the top scholarship awards applicants may be invited for an interview via Zoom.

Congratulations to our 2023 Maritime Scholarships Recipients

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Eligible Students

  • Undergraduate and graduate school students in the United States at maritime academies (including deck, engine, and non-regimental students) or at colleges and universities that have maritime related degree programs.
  • US high school students with maritime related programs.
  • Students in their final year of high school or college if they are pursuing a maritime related education or career upon completion of their current program.
  • Professionals who are continuing their education while working in the maritime industry.
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  • All submissions of files, videos and/or photos should be titled with the student’s first and last name.
  • Applications must include application form, website/press release form, an original non-AI generated essay or alternatively a video essay, answering one of the specified essay questions, one reference from a faculty member, a resume and photo of the applicant.
  • Completed 2024 applications are due on or before 12:00pm EST Sunday, March 24, 2024 to
  • Applications are reviewed by the CMA EF Scholarship Committee, interviews for top awards scheduled and conducted as needed, and awards approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Recipients are notified and awards announced and distributed by June 2024.
  • The 2023 Scholarship application has been posted!
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  • Applications must include: the application form and website/press release form, an original short written or video essay, 1 reference letter from a faculty member, a resume and a picture of the applicant.
    video essays should be uploaded to Youtube and the link shared when the completed application is submitted to
  • Applications must include: the application form and website/press release form, a short essay, 1 reference letter from a faculty member, a resume and a picture of the applicant.
  • Submit applications to Beth Wilson-Jordan at anytime before Friday, April 15, 2022.
  • Awards will be announced in June 2022.