Student Scholarships

General Information

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. MTS also provides opportunities for students at institutions of higher learning to network with each other and with professional members through its many Student Sections, each of which is guided by a faculty councilor.

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 click here. Student Membership for full-time college students, undergraduate and graduate, and high school seniors is only $25.00 US per year. As well, an applicant must be either full-time college student currently enrolled in either a 2-year or 4-year academic program, or a full-time graduate student. Students who previously received one of the awards listed below are ineligible to apply the following year for the same award.

To make a donation to MTS scholarships, please contact Monica Ostrander at

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     $3,000 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  $3,000 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.

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.

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.

MTS Summer Camp Scholarship Opportunity

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) is pleased to partner with Northwestern Michigan College and Rutgers University to offer camp experiences for undergraduate and high school students.

These are exciting opportunities for students with little to no experience using marine technologies. The Marine Technology Camps offer students a chance to learn about several technologies and to deploy equipment to gather data applied to various investigations. High school students may also apply for a scholarship to attend one of the 2 summer camps below by completing the application form and the recommendation form

Northwestern Michigan College Undergraduate Camp - May 20 -24: Please join us for a week-long, hands-on experience using several marine technologies. Participants will log time on research vessels, collect data using ROVs, sonar, sensors and buoys and learn about the multiple applications of these technologies.

Rutgers University Undergraduate Camp -  June 10-14: Please join us for a week-long, hands-on experience using underwater glider technologies. Participants will be introduced to the underwater robots while gaining hands on experience prepping, ballasting, deploying and piloting.

Requirements and Evaluation Criteria

Please refer to the specific application form for requirements for your scholarship. In most cases, you will need to submit the application, reference(s), a recommendation letter and a certified transcript. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted/postmarked by Friday, April 19, 2019. The review committee will use a rubric to evaluate the scholarship applications in late spring/early summer.


Can I mail my application and supporting documents?
No. All applications and forms must be sent via email or via the online application. The ONLY document that may be mailed in is an official sealed transcript, and only when the school does not have an Official eTranscript.

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

Can I send in a recommendation and reference letter?
No. Only the required forms will be accepted. Letters of recommendation and reference will be rejected.

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 no later than Friday, April 19, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST


2. Official sealed transcripts must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 19, 2019 and mailed to:

Marine Technology Society
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 email us at or call us at 202-827-7174.

How long will it take to know if I won?
Please allow two 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 cannot 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.

Transcripts: Please remember, only official sealed transcripts or a Certified Electronic Transcripts are accepted. The Certified Electronic Transcript must be emailed to 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.


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