Student Scholarships

The Marine Technology Society 2014 Scholarship Program is now closed.

Applicants will be notified of their status in a few months. Thank you to all that participated.

Each year MTS offers signifi­cant scholarships to college graduate, undergraduate and senior high school students accepted into a full-time marine-related program. Last year MTS provided a dozen graduate and undergraduate scholarships, in addi­tion to the graduating high school and ‘named’ scholarships listed below.

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 is 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. Applications, and all their compo­nents, absolutely be postmarked by Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FAQ's 
       Applications must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday April 15, 2014.

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.

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.

Do I need to be a member of the Marine Technology Society?
Yes. For membership information, please go to /membership/new/add.aspx. Student Membership is for full-time college students and high school seniors and is only $25 per year.

Can I send in more than one letter of recommendation?
No, please follow the guidelines given on the application.

Send only two (2) letters:
One (1) recommendation and One (1) character reference letter.

ONE letter of recommendationfrom a teacher, counselor or professor in a marine-related field that you have studied with or received advice from within the past two years. For high school seniors, the recommendation must be from current teacher or counselor in any field however a science teacher is preferred. The letter must be on official letterhead, no colored paper, dated, no more than one page, state that it is a letter of recommendation, signed and addressed to the scholarship committee.

The ONE recommendation letter must state 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) letter from someone you know who is not a teacher or counselor or advisor. This letter is to show the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person applying for the scholarship. Suggestions are a neighbor or family friend. This letter is NOT a recommendation letter. The reference letter must state that it is a letter of reference, include the name of whom is a being recommended, must be dated, no more than one page - front only, no colored paper, signed and addressed to the scholarship committee.
                   Letters that do not follow the requirements will not be accepted.

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

Can I send you an unofficial copy of my transcript?
No, we can only accept official sealed transcripts or a Certified Electronic Transcript (a secure, certified PDF). The Certified Electronic Transcript  must be emailed to scholarships@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.

If I’m awarded the scholarship, what can I use the money for?
Money is to go towards 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 Offices, not to scholarship recipients. No exceptions. This is a onetime award, not a continues award.

Will you contact me if there is a problem with my application?
No, due to the number of applications receive 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 the process to be completed.

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 Bursars 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.

How to apply:

Applications that are incomplete or do not follow the requirements will not be accepted.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday April 15, 2014.

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 Graduate and Undergraduate Students

$2,000

Open to MTS members that are college undergraduate or 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 $500 Full student registration and up to $500 for travel-related expenses to a MTS/IEEE Oceans Conferences.

ROV Scholarships:

1. MTS ROV Scholarships available:

  • 1 at $8,000
  • 1 at $6,000
  • 1 at $4,000
  • 1 at $2,000

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 Scholarships available:

  • 1 at $8,000
  • 1 at $6,000
  • 1 at $4,000
  • 1 at $2,000 

To qualify for the MATE/MTS ROV scholarship the applicant must either attend a MATE Partner college or university or have participated in the MATE ROV Competition.

To apply for an ROV Scholarship, send the following information to:

Chuck Richards, ROV Scholarship Committee Chair
c/o C.A. Richards and Associates, Inc.
777 N. Eldridge Parkway, Suite 280
Houston TX 77079

Include the following:
Name
Address
Phone number
E-mail address
Biography
Official transcript verifying GPA and full-time status |
One-page essay of your interest in ROVs or underwater work that furthers the use of ROVs
Three personal references - Names and phone numbers.
Written letter of recommendation from a current teacher or counselor

Dieter Family Scholarship
Download the Dieter Family Scholarship Application here.


You must include the following written information with this application (no emails):
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

 


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