Fund Allows Cal Maritime to Go Above and Beyond
The Maritime Fund allows the University to go above and beyond – providing grants of up to $500 for students, faculty and staff to attend academic and industry conferences and competitions, to purchase specialized equipment or software, or for professional development. Spreading the distribution of grants from the Maritime Fund in amounts at this level allows for a greater impact with more members of the Cal Maritime family.
One grant from the fund can have far-reaching impact, affecting more than just the recipient of the funding. Anwar Khalil Abdul-Azim's recent award from the Maritime Fund is a great example. When Anwar, a junior cadet at Cal Maritime, received assistance that allowed him to attend the APICS Conference in Orlando, Florida, he decided he didn't want to keep the experience to himself. APICS, formerly American Production and Inventory Control Society, is the leading association for supply chain and operations management.
Plenty of Anwar's Cal Maritime classmates would love the opportunity he was afforded. "I decided, why not give them the opportunity to benefit vicariously through my experience at the conference," he said. So Anwar set up a page on Facebook dedicated to sharing the experience. Then he promoted the page to other cadets.
At the conference, Anwar made several contacts that could lead to internships or even future employment, all while wearing his Cal Maritime uniform. "I got picked out of the crowd again and again because of the uniform," Anwar said.
His next step will be on campus. "There's tremendous interest among my classmates in starting a student APICS chapter on campus and attending future events," explained Anwar. He has already begun the process of starting a student chapter at Cal Maritime.
Anwar's unique opportunity is leading to the establishment of a student chapter of APICS which will provide current and future cadets with experiences that will enrich their education and enhance their professional lives.
Your investment impacts the education of future leaders in the maritime industry.