Student Scholarships

The 2016 scholarship program is now OPEN!!

Each year MTS offers significant scholarships to college graduate, college undergraduate and senior high school students accepted into full-time marine-related programs with focus in marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science.

Among the eligibility criteria for an MTS schol­arship is the requirement that the applicant must be an MTS member. For membership information, please go to /membership/new/add.aspx. Student Membership for full-time college students and high school seniors is only $25 per year.

As well, an applicant must be either full-time college student cur­rently enrolled in a either a 2-year or 4-year academic program OR a high school senior accepted to either a 2-year or 4-year academic program. Colleges may be international or domestic. Students who previously re­ceived one of the awards listed below are ineligible to apply the following year for the same award.

New for 2016

The following guidelines will be used by the review committee to evaluate the application questions.

Click here to see the evaluation rubric Evaluation Rubric

Submit online, a completed application, one (1) recommendation form, one (1) reference form, and if applying for the John C. Bajus award, one (1) volunteer verification form.

ONE recommendation form  is required from a teacher, counselor, professor, advisor, co-op or internship supervisor in a marine-related course(s), performed research for  or received advice from within the past two years. For high school seniors, the recommendation must be from current teacher in any field, however a science teacher is preferred.

The ONE recommendation form must answer one of the questions below and clearly answer it.

  • “How do you think the student will contribute to the science field?”
    - Or -
  • “What do you think the career path will be of the student and why do you think he/she will make difference in that field?”

AND                                                                        

ONE reference (character reference) form from someone you know who IS NOT a teacher, counselor, advisor or professor. This form is to highlight the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person applying for the scholarship. Suggestions are a neighbor, family friend or volunteer supervisor/coordinator, NOT a parent. This letter is NOT a recommendation form.

For John C. Bajus Scholarship applicants, submit ONE volunteer verification reference form. It must be signed by your volunteer supervisor/coordinator.

All applications and forms must be either submitted online or emailed to scholarships@mtsociety.org. No mailed in applications or forms will not be accepted, with the exception of transcripts.  Forms must be submitted no later than 11:59pm GMT on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
 
Can I mail my application and supporting documents?
No. All applications and forms, (1) recommendation form, one (1) reference form, and if applying for the John C. Bajus award, one (1) volunteer verification form must be sent via email or via the online application. The ONLY document that may be mailed in is an officail sealed transcript,  and only when the school does not have an Official eTranscript.                        

What kind of transcripts do you accept?

We can accept transcripts two ways:
1. A "Certified Electronic Transcript"  also known as  Official eTranscripts  (a secure, certified PDF that is password protected and has been digitally signed and certified) and emailed from the school registrar’s office to scholarships@mtsociety.org no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT.

OR

2. Official sealed transcripts must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and mailed to:

Marine Technology Society
Scholarships

1100 H Street NW, Suite LL-100
Washington, DC 20005

Please send only the most recent one from the school only. Do not send previous years or from multiple schools. This is the only document that has an option for being mailed in.

                           Documents that do not follow the requirements will not be accepted.

All scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT.

FAQ's  

Who can apply?
Scholarships are for MTS student members only. For membership information, please go to /membership/new/add.aspx. Student membership is only $25 per year. To be eligible for the scholarships, you must be either a full-time college student currently enrolled in a either a 2-year or 4-year academic program OR high school senior who has been accepted to either a 2-year or 4-year academic program. Colleges may be international or domestic. Please note: If you previously received one of the following awards, you are ineligible to apply the following year for the same award.

Can I mail my application and supporting documents?
No. All applications and forms, (1) recommendation form, one (1) reference form, and if applying for the John C. Bajus award, one (1) volunteer verification form must be sent via email or via the online application. The ONLY document that may be mailed in is an officail sealed transcript,  and only when the school does not have an Official eTranscript.

Are students outside of the US eligible for the scholarships?
Yes, we welcome all student members from around the world. Colleges may be international or domestic, not just the US.

Are students outside of the US eligible for the scholarships?
Yes, we welcome all student members from around the world. Colleges may be international or domestic, not just the US.

Can I send in more than one recommendation and reference form?
No, please follow the guidelines given on the application.

Do I need to send a copy of my resume/CV?
No, please submit only the materials we have requested.

What kind of transcripts do you accept?
We can accept transcripts two ways:
1. A "Certified Electronic Transcript"  also known as  Official eTranscripts  (a secure, certified PDF that is password protected and has been digitally signed and certified) and emailed from the school registrar’s office to scholarships@mtsociety.org no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT

OR

2. Official sealed transcripts must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and mailed to:

Marine Technology Society
Scholarships
1100 H Street NW, Suite LL-100
Washington, DC 20005

Please send only the most recent one from the school only. Do not send previous years or from multiple schools. This is the only document that has an option for being mailed in.

If I’m awarded the scholarship, what can I use the money for?
Money is to go toward tuition only for the current school year. The award cannot be applied towards room, board, book, equipment or anything other than tuition. The check is in US funds only and is sent directly to your Bursar's Offices, not to scholarship recipients. No exceptions. This is a onetime award, not a continuous award.

Will you contact me if there is a problem with my application?
No, due to the number of applications received, we will not be able to contact anyone if there is missing or unacceptable supporting documents. If you have questions please call 202-717-8705 x 102.

How long will it take to know if I won?
Please allow two to three months after the scholarship closing date for completion of the review process.

How do I know if I won?
You will be contacted by the office via email and/or phone call.

If I win, who is the check sent to?
To your Bursar's office. We will ask you to provide that information when the winners are announced. We can not send checks directly to students. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will need the Bursar’s office mailing address and your student ID shortly after we contact you to let you know you won.

What if I haven't decided which college I'll be attending?
If you do not send the Bursar’s mailing address and your student ID by the deadline given, your award will be forfeited.

                    The MTS scholarship program is now open!

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply online here and email supporting documents to scholarships@mtsociety.org.
  2. Complete the application online, save and email to scholarships@mtsociety.org.

Required Forms:

One Reference Form
One Recommendation Form
One Bajus volunteer verification reference form (for John C. Bajus applicants only)

Please remember, only official sealed transcripts or a Certified Electronic Transcripts are accepted.  The Certified Electronic Transcript  must be emailed to scholarships@mtsociety.org by the school registrar’s office. Please note, the transcript cannot be a scanned copy converted into a PDF, it must be a Certified Electronic Transcript, or an Official sealed transcript.

For more information: 

All scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT.

Scholarships Available to MTS Student Members

Charles H. Bussmann Undergraduate Scholarship

$2,500

Open to MTS members who are college undergraduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

Charles H. Bussmann Graduate Scholarship

$2,500

Open to MTS members who are college graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Undergraduate Students                                

$2,000

Open to MTS members that are college undergraduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate Students    

$2,000

Open to MTS members that are college graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Two-Year, Technical, Engineering and Community College Students                   

$2,000

Open to MTS members enrolled in a two-year, technical, engineering or community college in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors

$2,000

Open to MTS student members that are high school seniors who have been accepted into a full-time undergraduate program

John C. Bajus Scholarship

$1,000

Open to MTS members who are college undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field who have shown a commitment to community service and/or volunteer activities

The Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship

$2,000

Open to MTS members with an interest in marine instrumentation who are undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled full time in an academic institution.

ROV Scholarship

Up to $8,000

Open to MTS student members interested in remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or underwater work that furthers the use of ROVs.

Dieter Family Scholarship

UP TO $1500    

Open to MTS members that are college undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field.
Full student registration and UP TO $1500 for travel-related expenses to a MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference. Winners are strongly encouraged to volunteer while at OCEANS. Winners will be required to submit an expense report with all receipts to ensure the money was used properly. Final approval will be determined by the MTS office. MTS will not cover personal items or alcohol/tobacco products.

Dieter Family Scholarship (Travel to the MTS/IEEE Oceans Conferences)

You must complete this application online, save and email to scholarships@mtsociety.org

  • Statement explaining your interest in attending the OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference
  • Biographical sketch, including academic, personal and professional goals
  • Statement of need for financial assistance to attend the conference

Open to MTS members that are college undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field. The winners will be awarded a full student registration and UP TO $1500 for travel-related expenses to a MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference. Winners are strongly encouraged to volunteer while at OCEANS. Winners will be required to submit an expense report with all receipts to ensure the money was used properly. Final approval will be determined by the MTS office. MTS will not cover personal items or alcohol/tobacco products.

All scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT.

2016 ROV Scholarships

You must complete this application online, save and email to ROVscholarships@mtsociety.org

1. MTS ROV Committee Scholarships available up to $8,000

These scholarships are open to MTS members who are college graduates, college undergraduates and high school seniors who intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in marine/ocean sciences or engineering, or a closely related field with an emphasis on ROV technology.

2. MATE/MTS ROV Committee Scholarships available up to $8,000

To qualify for the MATE/MTS ROV scholarship the applicant must either attend a MATE Partner college or university or have participated in a MATE ROV Competition. To see a list of all MATE Partner college or universities, please click here.

All ROV scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online via email no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016. No mailed in applications or supporting documents will be accepted.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • MTS Member ID
  • Biography
  • MATE/MTS ROV scholarship only- the applicant must either attend a MATE Partner college or university or have participated in a MATE ROV Competition.
  • Official transcript verifying GPA and full-time status. A Certified Electronic Transcript is preferred (a Certified Electronic Transcript is secure, certified PDF that is password protected and has been digitally signed and certified). The Certified Electronic Transcript must be emailed to ROVscholarships@mtsociety.org by the school registrar’s office. Please note, the transcript must be the most recent one from the school only. Do not send previous years.
  • One-page essay of your interest in ROVs or underwater work that furthers the use of ROVs
  • Three personal references - Names and phone numbers only
  • Written letter of recommendation from a current teacher or counselor (must be scanned and emailed to ROVscholarships@mtsociety.org)

                 Applications that are incomplete or fail to meet the requirements will not be accepted.

All ROV scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online via email no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016. No mailed in applications or supporting documents will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email ROVscholarships@mtsociety.org

 


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