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 for Continuing Students

The California Maritime Foundation manages all scholarship endowments on behalf of the University. Annual interest earned by the endowments provides a source for Undergraduate 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 and criteria that can vary by scholarship. The Cal Maritime Scholarship Committee will consider a well written essay, cumulative Cal Maritime GPA, major, financial need and Corp of Cadet standing (merits/demerits) when selecting recipients of the scholarships.


Applicants must be current Cal Maritime students returning for the Fall 2022 semester. 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.

The Cal Maritime Foundation Application Web Site for Returning Undergraduate Students will be available  December 9, 2021 and the deadline is February 15, 2022. To begin the application click on "The Application Web Site" and then sign in. Applications submitted during this period will be for scholarships that are awarded in the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 academic year. 


Scholarships for New Students

Presidential Scholarships

Cal Maritime's Presidential Scholarships recognize the academic achievements of top California freshman enrolling in each of our seven academic degree programs (majors). The Scholarships are funded through the generous donations to the Cal Maritime Foundation by businesses and individuals. Demonstrating financial need is not required to receive these scholarships.

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 Cal Maritime and pursue a profession in the maritime field.

Osher Foundation Scholarship for Upper-Division California Community College Transfer Students

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.



California State University Systemwide Scholarships

The Director of Financial Aid will coordinate all required information for selected candidates. The Deadline to submit applications to the Financial Aid Office is April 29, 2022. These scholarships are for students who have matriculated at Cal Maritime and have a CSU GPA.

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

The CSU Trustees' Awards for Outstanding Achievement recognize students who have demonstrated financial need, modeled exemplary academic performance, community service and personal accomplishments. This scholarship will be determined by the Cal Maritime Foundation Scholarship Committee based on the pool of applicants for Foundation Scholarships.

Trustee Emerita Claudia Hampton California Academy of Math and Science Endowment

Four $4,000 scholarships are available for students who have graduated from the California Academy of Math and Science High School. See Financial Aid Office for application.

Howard C. Christiansen Trust Endowment

Four $6,000 scholarships available to students studying any major in engineering towards a bachelors or graduate degree. Scholarship applications for the CSU Trustees' Award will be selected first. If there are not enough engineering applicants, then the scholarship may be awarded to a second pool of engineering applicants outside the CSU Trustees' Award. This scholarship will be determined by the Cal Maritime Foundation Scholarship Committee based on the pool of applicants for Foundation Scholarships.

Richard Leffingwell Scholarship

Two $3,000 Scholarships will support students pursuing a course of student in business, economics or other disciplines that will serve the applicant in achieving goals related to nonprofit or public service. All else being equal, military veterans will receive favorable consideration. See Financial Aid Office for application.



Student Secured Scholarships (outside 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.

All scholarships must be coordinated through the Financial Aid Office and are counted towards student financial aid eligibility. Regardless of how the scholarship is paid to the student it must be reported to the Financial Aid Office.

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.

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

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.