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Ymta Scholarship Essay

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by individuals who complete terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs, such as AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National. The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding provides a $1,000 matching scholarship for up to 3 qualified AmeriCorps alums each school year.

Since 2008, the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has contributed to the future of the marine industry with scholarships to individuals pursuing education and a career in the maritime trades. For 2017, a $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students. High school seniors, and college and vocational students can request an application or information from NMRA at: info@nmraonline.org

mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship

For the fourth year in a row, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program is accepting applications for qualified people looking to get trained for skills jobs that are in demand. The Foundation has collaborated with This Old House to create the Generation Next campaign to help close the skills gap by encouraging young people to master the vocational trades that built this country, including carpentry, construction, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. As part of this year’s program, a few top recipients will have the opportunity to highlight their stories on This Old House’s Generation Next coverage across all its platforms. To see if you have what it takes to apply, and to learn more about the eligibility requirements of the 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program, visit mikeroweworks.org/scholarship


YMTA 2017 Norm Manly Maritime Education Scholarship

YMTA scholarships may be used by high school students pursuing maritime training and education in community colleges, technical and vocational programs, colleges, universities, maritime academies or other educational institutions. For more information, visit www. ymta.net/ymta-scholarships/2016-scholarship/


Scholarship America

Too often, student scholarship support dries up after freshman year. Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started. For more information visit: www.scholarshipamerica.org/dreamaward


Pride Foundation Scholarships

This year, over $700,000 is available in scholarships to support the educational and leadership development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) students; students who have LGBTQ parent(s); and/or students who are allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.  Scholarships available to students of any age – who are pursuing any kind of post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges & universities, trade schools/apprenticeships, or certificate programs).  There are fifty different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000, but only one web-based application to complete! Applications must be completed online at www.pridefoundation.org/scholarship or at www.thegsba.org/scholarship-home/become-a-scholar/apply/application


Dollars for Scholars – Quilcene/Brinnon

Dollars For Scholars is a non-profit organization with a 501 C-3 designation. Its purpose is to provide scholarships and act as a center for donors, scholarship providers, and scholarship seekers within our chartered area. Qualified applicants are high school seniors and college undergraduates who reside in the communities of Brinnon and Quilcene, Washington. We attempt to match our scholarships to qualified students. For more information visit: www.quilcene-brinnon.dollarsforscholars.org


Port Townsend Kiwanis Club

Thanks to donations and fundraisers, Kiwanis provides scholarships to local high school students. Sorry, we do not currently provide scholarships for college re-entry and those who have not graduated from local schools. To apply for Kiwanis Scholarship you must go through theWashBoard.org, a free web-based tool for Washington students seeking college scholarships. Create a profile and review your scholarship matches.


Elks Scholarships

The state Vocational Grant Committee will award qualified applicants who are planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course. Any graduating Senior High School student and/or General Education student, who is a U.S. Citizen is eligible, receiving a diploma or certificate during the current program year and planning to pursue an eligible Vocational/Technical Course, above and supplemental to High School or Preparatory School, may apply. For more information visit: www.waelks.net/forms.htm


AES Engineers Scholarships

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education. Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. For more information visit: www.aesengineers.com


Port Townsend Yacht Club

Each spring the Yacht Club awards scholarships to individual students for study in a maritime educational program or college.  Approved fields include, but are not limited to:  marine biology, fisheries, ship and/or boat building and repair, ship operations such as officer training, and other marine fields.  Awards are made to the educational program or school to be used by the students and range approximately between $500 – $1,000.  For more information visit: www.ptyc.net/about/scholarships/


Additional Resources:

Scholarships for Minority Students


At YMTA our goal is to inspire maritime careers.

Whether you are looking for information on how to start a career in the maritime industry now, looking for maritime educational activities for your students, or are a student looking for information on maritime careers or scholarships – YMTA is a great resource for all ages and stages of interest!

Learn more about our history

View our sponsors and partners

Inquire about activities for Students

Apply for our 2016 Scholarship

View pathways of career options in the industry


Mission Statement

YMTA will promote, encourage and support all school programs and associated youth organizations in Washington State that provide or wish to provide maritime education, training and experiences for students, in addition to providing resources for those interested in maritime industry related careers of all ages.

Vision Statement

YMTA envisions a healthy and productive maritime industry in the State of Washington sustained by a well-trained and motivated workforce of graduates from Washington schools, maritime educational institutes, community colleges, and academies. YMTA envisions a knowledgeable public aware of maritime issues and of the importance of healthy maritime industry and marine science organizations vital to our economy and society.

YMTA Goal Statement

YMTA will strive to assure that every interested student from Washington State schools has the knowledge, guidance and opportunity to pursue a career in the maritime world. Students and adults alike with an interest in entering the industry workforce will be motivated and qualified to apply for entry level positions in the maritime industry or to enroll in post-secondary maritime institutes, community colleges, universities or academies to gain the knowledge and credentials for a career in the maritime trades or professions or marine sciences.

YMTA Objectives

  • Establish and support a wide-range of active maritime programs in Washington State schools and advise programs in other regions and abroad based on the needs of companies in the maritime industry.
  • Encourage development of Career and Technical Educational programs in our schools which focus on the maritime trades and professions.
  • Create a network of educators and maritime industry leaders and foster strategic partnerships among industry, government agencies, and maritime organizations with our State’s schools to generate youth maritime training and educational opportunities and experiences (e.g. job shadows and internships) that will ease the transition from school to work.
  • Grow the YMTA scholarship fund and award annual scholarships to youth interested in pursuing careers in maritime trades or professions and marine science.
  • Solicit and secure funding and in-kind donations for youth maritime programs from Washington maritime companies and organizations;
  • Develop a library of accurate and up-to-date information on secondary and post-secondary maritime training and educational programs and maritime career pathways and distribute this information to youth, parents, teachers and career counselors.
  • Foster the sharing of successful projects, curricula, and programs among YMTA maritime educational partners and with other youth maritime programs outside Washington State.
  • Promote and participate in youth maritime educational/training activities sponsored by schools, communities, and maritime associations.
  • Build and maintain a network of volunteers willing to participate in youth maritime educational/training activities.
  • Participate in programs to promote the Puget Sound’s maritime industry and the important role it plays in the region’s economy.
  • Provide resources that lead to the inspiration and tools needed to embark in a maritime industry career.

Our Challenge

Tens of thousands of children attend Puget Sound area schools, yet most youth and adults alike have little idea of the role the sea and the Sound play in their daily lives. Few understand the ships and tugboats which steam back and forth, where they come from, where they are going, and what they carry with them. Fewer still are the students, or even teachers, who are aware of the opportunities for careers and employment in this huge, exciting, diverse, yet largely invisible world.

The maritime industry consists of ships and boats engaged in international, coastal, and inshore service. It includes freighters, tankers, tugboats, fishing vessels, ferry boats, cruise ships, and oceanographic research vessels. Ships sail from Puget Sound to every corner of the globe; to places such as Asia, Europe, Australia, and even Antarctica. Keeping these ships on course takes many people; people who not only know how to navigate, but people who know how to run the gear on deck, keep the engines running, and fix things when they break down.

Running a fleet of ships and boats requires more than the crew on board, however. The company office has entire departments specializing in purchasing, personnel, operations, and engineering support. And speaking of support, every vessel operating company depends on dozens of other companies to help them get their job done. Companies such as shipyards, stevedores, ship’s agents, customs brokers, and machinery, electronics, and stores suppliers.

Employees enjoy excellent opportunities for advancement in the maritime world, where promotion is often not contingent upon a college degree. Most ships’ captains and engineering officers rise up through the ranks, and enjoy excellent pay and benefits.

YMTA’s mission is to help students, schools, and those of any age looking to enter the industry,  learn about the opportunities that are available in the maritime world. Knowing about these opportunities at an early age, children can grow up with a realization and appreciation of possible career paths which might otherwise go unconsidered.

By focusing on the development of maritime career pathways and magnet programs, YMTA expects to provide workplace connections for students graduating from high school. In concert with maritime industry employers, YMTA hopes to cultivate recognition and employment preference to maritime program graduates.


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