The Cal Maritime Foundation's Annual Fund helps fill the gap between state funds, tuition revenue and the true costs of higher education.  The Annual Fund provides the university with a source of funds for scholarships, training and the flexibility required to respond to immediate cadet, graduate student, and academic needs.  Gifts to the fund make the difference between a good education and a great education by providing extra funding for things such as attending academic and industry conferences and  competitions, the ability to purchase specialized equipment and computer programs, and professional development.

Greatest Need

This fund provides university leadership with the flexibility to prioritize the needs of our cadets and graduate students, award financial aid, take advantage of opportunities, and react to unforeseen challenges. Gifts to the Are of Greatest Need often are used to fulfill needs that arise quickly; others are used to strengthen ongoing programs; all advance the University’s mission.

President’s Fund for Excellence

This enables the Cal Maritime's President to financially back targeted initiatives for state-of-the-art instruction, to pursue emerging opportunities, seek innovation, and support cadets and graduate students, faculty and staff excellence. In an ever-changing environment of higher education, the Fund makes available critical resources to address immediate priorities.

Academic Programs

The fund provides the provost and academic deans with the resources they need to enhance the  educational experience and increase the intellectual vitality of the university, in turn promoting career-readiness and heightened value to future employers.


The guiding philosophy of Keelhauler Athletics is to provide our nearly 300 scholar-athletes with a world-class experience beyond the classroom. Whether on the field, on the water, or on the court, we strive to compete at the highest athletic levels. The individual development of our scholar-athletes and ensuring their success remains our top priority

Campus Enhancements

A beautiful, well-managed campus reflects pride, serves and supports the university’s aspirations and objectives, makes a lasting impression, and augments the quality of life for all who live, learn and work here.

Faculty Development

Faculty development support enhances the school’s intellectual life by promoting faculty research and professional development, particularly in situations when budgets are insufficient to underwrite faculty-led activities.


Scholarships can often mean the difference between a young person attending the Cal Maritime  or not going to college at all. Scholarships are vital to making a Cal Maritime education accessible to a greater number of qualified students and to providing ongoing support to returning students. Each year, over 150 scholarships funded through the California Maritime Academy Foundation award in excess of $500,000.

Student Life

Our Division of Student Affairs enhances the experiences both in and outside the classroom by promoting personal wellness, intellectual development and emotional growth.