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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.  


Applicants must be current Cal Maritime students returning for the Fall 2016 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 APPLICATION WEB SITE FOR RETURNING STUDENT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS is now available through 2/15/16.  Applications submitted during this period will be for scholarships that are awarded in the 2016-17 academic year.


Scholarships for New Students Entering Fall 2016

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 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.

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.





Accredited Schools Online Scholarships for Minority Students

East Bay Community

Mean Stinks

Savvy Saver

American Indian Science and Engineering

Edison International

Mendocino County

Scholarship Slam

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Merchants Exchange
of Portland

Scholarships for Minorities

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIASF)

Engage the Crowd Scholarship


Scholarships for Women - Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

Acuity Training

Ensurify Safe Driving Scholarship

Mexican American
Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)

Shelving.com Business Scholarship

Advancing Women in STEM

ExploraVision Awards

Minorities in Engineering

SEO Optimizers

Apartments Scholarship

(Hawaii students)

Medical Assisting Scholarship

Smith Family Trusts (MCOE)

Avrek Law DriveSafe

Flosum Scholarship

Medals of America



Future of Assisted Living

Masters in Education Scholarships

Spokeo Connections Scholarship

Amato Sanita Brighter Future

First Generation College Scholarship

Michael Kiely Strong Roots Scholarship

Sterling Law Office Scholarship

April Cockerham DREAM Act

Foster Child College Scholarship


Structured Settlement Scholarship

Angie DiPietro Women in Business

Fry Scholarship

Music To Your Home

Student Loan Finance Corporation

Aspiring Occupational Therapist

FlipKey Study Abroad

Mathematics Scholarship Contest

Sixt Scholarship

Anelli Xavier Criminal Justice Scholarship

Giva Scholarships

MBA Scholarships

Sleepopolis Scholarship

Aspiring Welding Professional

Golden 1 Credit Union

Military Veterans Scholarships


Mark A. Forester

IT Think

The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship

Addiction Resource GreenPal Scholarship

Mattress Clarity 

Ski Butlers Scholarship Fund

Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship

Good360 Sustainibility


SchoolOfSEO Scholarship

The Bruce Provda Scholarship

Guerra Dental


Seth Okin Good Deeds

B. Davis

Graphic Design School Scholarship

NinjaEssays Writing Contest

Scott Yancey

Branded Bride Line Scholarship

Green Home Improvement

National Research Council
of the National Academies


BankMobile Financial Literacy

BestSeekers Digital Marketing

Golden Eagle Coin

National Society of Black Engineers

Normandie Law Firm Access-For-All

Narei National Scholarship

Noah's Event Venue

Thomas Soldan Healthy Communities


Financial Women of San Francisco

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship

Candere Scholarship



Transportation Engineers

Cottage Inn

Hotel.com.au Online Travel & Tourism

Orange County Community Foundation

The Tree Center

Clubs Of America

Horatio Alger

Personality Type


Career Step Scholarships



Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund


IGS Clark Scholarship

Proven Data Recovery Scholarship


The Cloudwards Scholarship


Price Benowitz Social Justice


Courthouse Direct

InternetMarketing Scholarship

Points Scholarships

TK Foundation

Create Real Impact

iVein Health & Wellness Scholarship

Proof Reading

Tall Ships America

Courage to Grow

I Heart My School

Paramount Education Programs

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)


iMove College Moving

Pat Tillman

USAttorneys.com National Scholarship

California Water Agencies (ACWA)


Permit Bike Motorcycle


Couponing in College

Just Porter's Creator's Scholarship


USAA Foundation Scholarship

Complete Computer Solutions

JacksonWhite Criminal Law

PDFfiller Paperless World 

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Kerri Castellini Women's Leadership

PlasticPlace Green Scholarship


The CourseMinded Online Course

Kush Arora Federal Criminal Justice Reform

PritzerOlsen Food Safety

Vi-Tae Scholarship

Caring.com Student  Caregiver Scholarship 

Knight Essay Scholarship

ProofreadingServices Scholarship

Varsity Tutors 

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Scholarship

Look Twice, Save A Life


Whirlwind Steel Student Scholarship

Craft Resumes 

Legacy Planning Scholarship

Points December

Wholesale Halloween Costume Scholarship

Delayed Education Scholarship for Women Lexington Law Scholarship

Pacific Water Quality Association

Women in STEM

DrugNews Scholarships

LBGTQ Scholarships

QuitDay.Org Scholarship

Breant Wieand Esquire Scholarship

Digital Marketing Scholarship

Lawnstarter Lawntrepreneur


World Climate Change Challenge (WCCC)

Discontrue Scholarship

Low VA Rates Military Scholarship

Rover College Scholarship

Women Scholarships


anny and Drew National Scholarship

Lumity Health Care and Science

LA Tutors

Liaise Divorce Solutions

The Raab Collection Stewards of History

WyzAnt Scholarship

You Deserve It

Your Company Formations

Youth Noise Scholarship

Duralife Unlocker Challenge

Dell Scholars


Race Entry Student Scholarship


Dapper Fox Entrepreneur

  Reservation Counter  

Driver Training

  Rehab Reviews  

Drink Brain Juice

  Remote DBA Scholarship  

Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship

  Reverie Innovation 


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.

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Avoid scholarship scams using the tips below:
If you must pay money to get money, it might be a scam.Spend time, not money.
Never invest more than a postage stamp.
Nobody can guarantee that you'll win a scholarship.
Legitimate scholarship foundations do not charge a fee.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Free Scholarship Search Engines


College Net


Business Students

Engineering Students




Scholarship America

Scholarship Search Hints:
1. Narrow search terms
2. Be specific about your personal "identifiers"
3. "Un-check" box which allows site to share information.

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