For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
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Incoming Students for the Fall of 2020
The following scholarship opportunities are available to incoming undergraduate students. No additional application materials are required unless noted below; the Admissions Office will use the information that you have already provided to make decisions on scholarship recipients. Scholarship decisions are made based on admission credentials at the time the student is admitted. Updated transcripts or test scores sent to MMA after acceptance will not be taken into consideration for merit aid. Due to the competitiveness of these scholarships, the earlier a student applies for admission, the better the chance of being considered for a merit scholarship. Invitations for interviews for merit scholarships are usually sent to accepted students in February with interviews and decisions being made in March.
Admiral's Scholarship - This scholarship is a renewable, 8 semester (fall and spring) award. It is based on high school grade point average and SAT/ACT scores. Award amounts range from $4,000 - $15,000 depending upon your residency. Priority is given to those students who apply for admission by February 15th.This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student does not maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, any future receipt of the award is forfeited. Should the student withdraw or be dismissed during a semester, the scholarship is cancelled for that semester.
Ahana Leadership Scholarship – funded by MMA, this award was established to enhance the educational opportunities of African-American and Latino/a students. This scholarship is renewable provided the student continues to have financial need and maintains at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, which is verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student loses the scholarship due to low GPA, any future receipt of the award is forfeited. Meeting our May 1st priority deadline is highly encouraged, as these funds tend to run out quickly.
Captain Emery Rice Scholarship – This scholarship is a renewable, 8 semester (fall and spring) award in the amount of in-state tuition and fees. This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student does not maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, the student is given a one time, one semester probation to regain eligibility. If, after that semester, the cumulative GPA is still below the required minimum of 3.3, any future receipt of the award is forfeited.
Captain's Scholarship - This scholarship is a renewable, 8 semester (fall and spring) award. It is based on high school grade point average and SAT/ACT scores. Award amounts range from $3,000 - $10,000 depending upon your residency. Priority is given to those students who apply for admission by February 15th.This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester. If the student does not maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, any future receipt of the award is forfeited. Should the student withdraw or be dismissed during a semester, the scholarship is cancelled for that semester.
Admiral Maurice Breshnahan Scholarship - This 8 semester scholarship (fall and spring only) is a renewable award in the amount of in-state tuition and fees. One scholarship is awarded each year to the top ranking Emery Rice Scholarship Recipient. Eligibility criteria can be obtained through the Admissions Office. This award is renewable provided the student maintains at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, to be verified at the end of each spring semester.
John and Abigail Adams Tuition Waiver- funded by MMA this program is awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Education to students who,beginning with the class of 2016 or after must:
- Score in the Advanced category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics or Technology/Engineering)
- Score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests
- Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
In addition, all students must meet the following requirements:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
- Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution.
- Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Must be in compliance with applicable law regarding Selective Service Registration.
- Must not be in default with applicable law regarding any federal or state student education loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
scored in the top 25% of their MA high school district on the MCAS taken during their sophomore year. Students must provide a copy of their award letter from the state to the MMA Financial Aid Office, along with filing the FAFSA each year (www.fafsa.ed.gov). This 8 semester award (fall and spring only) is renewable, provided the student maintains full time enrollment and at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, to be confirmed at the end of each spring semester.
Gateway City Scholarship
This 8 semester, need-based scholarship (fall and spring only) is a renewable award in an amount up to the value of in-state tuition, room and board. These scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen and transfer students from underrepresented populations at MMA who come from Boston, MA or one of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. Currently, underrepresented populations, as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, include African American and Hispanic/Latino students. This award is renewable provided the student remains in good academic standing and remains in good conduct standing within the Regiment of Cadets.
Under M.G.L. c. 23A section 3A, a Gateway City is defined as a municipality with:
- Population greater than 35,000 and less than 250,000
- Median household income below the state average
- Rate of educational attainment of a bachelor’s degree or above that is below the state average.
The following are Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities:
- Fall River
- New Bedford
The MMA Scholarship Committee provides a number of scholarship opportunities for all currently enrolled students. Students who will be participating in the winter sea term training cruise or winter experiential learning programs have the opportunity to complete an on line winter scholarship application in September/October. Additionally, the online scholarship application process is opened in March/April for students to apply for internal scholarships for the following academic year. Notices are sent directly to all students via their MMA email when these opportunities are available.
Students should check this page on a regular basis as new scholarships are added throughout the year.
Monument Beach Sportsmans Club is offering scholarships to Massachusetts Residents, or out of state residents who are a relative of a current MBSC member. Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.
Joseph McCarthy Memorial Scholarship for students who are Massachusetts residents. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2020
Louise Moritz Moliltoris Leadership Scholaship for female students majoring in the transportation field
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNARE) offers scholarships to undergarduate students majoring in MTRA and MENG. Deadline June 1st.
Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship for Undergraduate Veterans who have exhausted their Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association M.E.B.A. families have until January 31, 2020 to apply for college education assistance money through Union Plus. M.E.B.A. members, retirees and their families - as well as members of affiliated M.E.B.A. unions - are eligible courtesy of the Union’s enrollment in dozens of moneysaving U.P. programs ranging from life insurance to financing children’s educations. Visit unionplus.org/scholarship for more. Families of M.E.B.A. members or affiliated members are among past scholarship money recipients. Union Plus Scholarship are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.
Applications can be submitted up until Tuesday January 31, 2020, at noon (EST). Those arriving after the deadline will not be considered. The award date is May 31, 2020. During the first week of June 2020, award recipients will be notified. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators. Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2020. Students may re-apply each year. Get the official application and all the details including eligibility criteria by visiting unionplus.org/scholarship Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.5 million to students of union families. Over 3,000 union families have benefited from the program.
Addditionally scholarships for military family members are available.
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