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Scholarships are financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit or specific criteria set by the university and/or the donors.  The criteria usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.

California Maritime Foundation Scholarships

The California Maritime Academy Foundation manages all scholarship endowments on behalf of the University.  Annual interest earned by the endowments provides a source for student scholarships.  The Foundation also receives annual scholarship funds from individuals, bequests, corporations, foundations and professional associations. 
Awards are based on donor agreements that set a specific minimum GPA that can vary by scholarship.  Additional criteria, such as major, are also set by donors.  Recipients are identified by scholarship application or faculty nomination.  


A listing of all available scholarships will be published by October 11.  Applications must be submitted annually in order to receive a scholarship.  Funding is not guaranteed from one term to the next.  Academic GPA standing must be maintained in order to qualify for second semester payments as well as eligibility for awards in following years.  Failure to maintain required  academic standing for any semester, submission of an application, or compliance with scholarship criteria  will result in the loss of an award.   

APPLICATION WEB SITE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS will be available from 12/1/15 through 2/15/16.  Applications submitted during this period will be for scholarships that are awarded in the 2016-17 academic year.

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.  The Osher Foundation Term Endowment was established to provide scholarships of $5,000 or less to community college transfer students.

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


Shutterfly Business 

Andrade Law Offices Scholarship EveryCloudTech.com Scholarship  Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)

Smith Family Trusts (MCOE)

Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America

Exxon Mobil LOFT Fellowship

Minorities in Engineering


Avrek DriveSafe Scholarship Fantasy Sports Daily National Debt Relief Scholarship

Spokeo Connections Scholarship

Asian Employees-Port of Oakland

Financial Women of San Francisco

National Defense Transportation-SF/Bay Area Chapter

Sterling Law Office Scholarship

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIASF)

Fisher House Foundation (Military children)

National Military Family

Structured Settlement Scholarship

Asian Women in Business
Deadline: 10/2015

Formswift $1000 Scholarship

National Research Council of the National Academies

Student Loan Finance Corporation

Avrek Law DriveSafe

Friends of the Richmond Public Library & Richmond Public Library

National Society of Black Engineers

Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund


Fry Scholarship

National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


BankMobile Financial Literacy

(Hawaii students)

Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) 


BBB&C Scholarship Essay Contest

Gamers In Real Life

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

TK Foundation

Benjamin A Gilman International Program General Contractors of America Orange County Community Foundation Transportation Engineers

Bureau International des Containers - BIC Scholarship

Giva Scholarships

Out-of-the-Box Scholarship


California Transportation

Golden 1 Credit Union


Tall Ships America



Paramount Education Programs

Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship

California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Great Lakes-STEM

Pat Tillman


Coast Guard

Helping Women Pay for College

PDFfiller Paperless World 

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Chen Foundation Hotel.com.au Online Travel & Tourism Pedrozzi USAA Foundation Scholarship

Caring.com Student  Caregiver Scholarship 


Penn Intermodal Leasing, LLC


Cheap Auto Insurance Scholarship

IGS Clark Scholarship


Veterans of Foreign Wars

Clubs Of America


PlasticPlace Green Scholarship


College Drug Awareness InternetMarketing Scholarship ProofreadingServices Scholarship


CompareCard  iMove College Moving Race Entry Student Scholarship Whirlwind Steel Student Scholarship
Chipotle Cultivating Thought Japanese American Citizen League (JACL) Reservation Counter Women Engineers
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council Japanese American Scholarship Fund
Proven Data Recovery Scholarship Youth Maritime Training

Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center

Jesse Brown Memorial   Youth Noise Scholarship
Credibly Innovation In Business Kroger Co.   Women in STEM
Digital Marketing Scholarship Kush Arora   Wholesale Halloween Costume Scholarship
DISHPromotions.com LA Tutors   Breant Wieand Esquire Scholarship
Dell Scholars Lake Erie Marine Trades   Sixt Scholarship
Dapper Fox Entrepreneur  Legacy Planning Scholarship   Sleepopolis Scholarship
Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship LendingTree    
Courthouse Direct Future of Assisted Living    
Dealspotr Scholarship Just Porter's Creator's Scholarship    
Cheap Auto Insurance Co Scholarship Foster Child College Scholarship    
Branded Bride Line Scholarship First Generation College Scholarship    
  Flosum Scholarship    

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.