Leading the Way – Campaign for Cal Maritime

Together we will transform tomorrow 

Cadets on the Training Ship Golden Bear posing for the Leading the Way Campaign page

Four years ago, the Cal Maritime Academy Foundation set an ambitious goal to raise $40,000,000 to support the university with a campaign to deliver on Cal Maritime’s promise to maintain and grow our reputation for excellence.

We proudly announce that, thanks to many alumni donors and the Foundation Marine Development Committee Yacht Donation Program , the campaign has raised $33,934,026. 

With only $ 6,065,974 remaining to reach our goal, we ask for your help to reach the $40,000,000.

This year, the Foundation:
  • Supported over $500,000 in cadet scholarships.
  • The Foundation is releasing $3.5 million from the Yacht Donation Program to match all donations during the Campaign to existing and new endowments.

Your gift can ensure our curriculum, training, and technology provide the education and workforce experience cadets need for successful careers. Campaign gifts include endowments, vessel donations, annual gifts, gifts in-kind, and estate gifts.

Gifts to Area of Greatest Need support Cal Maritime priorities:

Cadet Success – New cadets get help adjusting to life at Cal Maritime through the First Year Experience program, scholarships help cadets stay in school. Through the Academic support tutoring center, cadets with tutoring needs for any reason including lack of preparation from the past high school pandemic online learning environment, can get the help they need.  As the Maritime industry is increasingly global, we need to support cadet study abroad experiences.

Research Support – Undergraduate research has high educational impact, gives cadets more experience and heightens their value to employers.

Training and program support - Technology needs constant updates to stay relevant. Cadets need opportunities for augmented reality that assist learning for autonomous vessels; deck and engine functions need investment.  Training is needed for instruction on autonomous vessels, augmented reality, virtual reality training, and preparation for the new training ship NSMV (National Security Multi-Mission Vessel) due to arrive in 2025.

Gifts to Specific Projects support:

Excellence in teaching – Endowed professorships attract top talent and support academic research and scholarly work, all to the benefit of cadets.

Endowed Scholarships – You can set up a new scholarship or make a gift to an existing one.

For information in setting up an endowed scholarship or professorship, contact Janice Bross (707) 654-1790 or jbross@csum.edu.

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