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Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are awarded based on academic, need, or other achievement. The selection criteria typically reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

California Maritime Foundation Scholarships
Cal Maritime receives annual scholarship funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, and professional associations. The California Maritime Academy Foundation manages a number of scholarship endowments, many of them named in memory of distinguished individuals associated the California Maritime Academy.  Continuing students are invited to apply annually.  Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, leadership, service, engagement, and financial need.

The 2015-16 CMA Foundation Deadline was March 8, 2015 and the application is closed.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship (WUE)
The Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship (WUE) program is designed to permit students from participating states to attend Cal Maritime at reduced tuition rates.

Captain David Lyman Scholarship for Hawaii Residents  
The Captain David Lyman Scholarship seeks to honor the memory of Captain David Lyman as a longtime member of Hawaii's maritime community by providing financial incentive for Hawaii students to apply to and enroll at the California Maritime Academy and pursue a profession in the maritime field.

Osher Foundation Scholarship
The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation.

Student Secured Scholarships

Student secured scholarships are those students bring with them to Cal Maritime.  Generally, these scholarships are given to students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent.  Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country, or who demonstrate financial need.

Students can search for and apply for scholarships throughout the year.  There are several free scholarship search engines you can use to search for scholarships.  You can find some of these scholarship search engines and organizations below.

Links to Off-Campus Scholarship Opportunities
 Each have individual qualifications, deadlines, and application procedures.





Advancing Women in Transportation

East Bay Community

Maisin Scholars

San Diego Foundation

American Council of Engineering Companies
Mar. 9, 2015

Edison International

Marine Technology

Seabee Memorial

American Indian Science and Engineering

Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Mendocino County


American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Emerson Industrial Automation

Merchants Exchange of Portland

Sierra Pacific

American Veterans

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship


Smith Family Trusts (MCOE)

Andrade Law Offices Scholarship      

Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America

Exxon Mobil LOFT Fellowship

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)


Avrek DriveSafe Scholarship Fantasy Sports Daily    

Asian Employees-Port of Oakland

Financial Women of SF

Minorities in Engineering

Spokeo Connections Scholarship

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIASF)

Fisher House Foundation (Military children)

National Defense Transportation-SF/Bay Area Chapter

Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund
Deadline: 05/2015

Asian Women in Business
Deadline: 10/2015

Friends of the Richmond Public Library & Richmond Public Library

National Military Family

Sterling Law Office Scholarship

Avrek Law DriveSafe

Fry Scholarship

National Research Council of the National Academies

Structured Settlement Scholarship


(Hawaii students)

National Society of Black Engineers


BBB&C Scholarship Essay Contest

General Contractors of America

National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


Benjamin A Gilman International Program

Golden 1 Credit Union

National Debt Relief Scholarship

TK Foundation

California Transportation

Great Lakes-STEM

Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) 

Transportation Engineers

California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Gamers In Real Life

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)




Orange County Community Foundation

Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

Coast Guard

IGS Clark Scholarship

Paramount Education Programs


Chen Foundation

Japanese American Citizen League (JACL)

Pat Tillman

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Caring.com Student  Caregiver Scholarship 

Japanese American Scholarship Fund


USAA Foundation Scholarship

College Drug Awareness

Jesse Brown Memorial

Penn Intermodal Leasing, LLC


Clubs Of America

Kroger Co.


Veterans of Foreign Wars

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Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center     Women Engineers


    Youth Maritime Training
Dell Scholars      
Dapper Fox Entrepreneur       

Student Secured Scholarship Provider Information:

  1. Make checks payable to Cal Maritime
  2. Identify the student's name in the memo section of the check.
  3. Provide contact information and any special instruction in a letter to accompany the check.
  4. Scholarships without special instructions are divided equally between semesters.
  5. Mail scholarship checks to:

Cal Maritime Financial Aid Office
200 Maritime Academy Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94590

6.     Preferred scholarship check schedule

August for the Fall semester or academic year
December for the Spring semester
March for the Summer semester

When Cal Maritime receives a check:

  • The Financial Aid Office will enter the scholarship amount in the student's financial aid award.If the funds are received prior to the start of the semester, it is considered "pending aid" and will defer the tuition payment until the first disbursement of the semester. 
  • Cal Maritime will verify the student meets enrollment or other criteria specified prior to disbursing the scholarship check. 
  • After university charges are paid, any  remaining funds will be disbursed to the student.

Students who have been awarded a student secured scholarship:

  1. You are required to notify the Cal Maritime Financial Aid Office with a copy of your scholarship award.
  2. The organization that awards you the scholarship will generally mail the check to Cal Maritime. If mailed to you directly, bring it to the Financial Aid Office for processing.
  3. The Financial Aid Office will coordinate your scholarship award with your financial aid award package.