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“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

Mother Teresa


November is a time to reflect an attitude of gratitude for all the people, connections, and blessings in our lives. It is a time of “thanks” before the holiday season of “giving”. All of us at the Foundation are very grateful to the many individuals, foundations and companies who gave and supported the Foundation with donations in 2023 and to those on the CMA EF Board who donate their time and talents to furthering the mission of promoting and supporting maritime related education.

With the support of our donors this year, the CMA EF was able to distribute $41,500 in student scholarships, provide over $16,000 in internship stipends, $5,000 in cash awards for the Business of Shipping research competition (The Call for 2024 Papers follows in this newsletter), support the website ( and provide an interactive career day at a local high school with a dozen maritime professional volunteers. See photos of our former interns and scholarship recipients at the recent NAMEPA event and tour of the Empire State VII at SUNY Maritime. While this may be a drop in the ocean, the drop becomes a ripple and the potential to become a splash or wave. Sea the future. It all starts with a drop in the ocean.


We still need and greatly appreciate your financial support to allow us to continue to provide and increase our maritime scholarships and internships.  Please consider the CMA EF on Giving Tuesday (November 28) and in your planned year end giving.  Tax deductible donations can be made at, via check, electronic ACH transfer, when renewing your CMA membership or at the CMA Christmas Party (via cash, check or credit card) on December 12 at the Sign of the Whale. Each donation, a small drop, a ripple, splash or wave provides the ocean and this Foundation with energy. Please help us continue the mission promote and support maritime related education and maritime experiential learning to the future generations.