Blue Water Scholarship Fund

About Us

Our Mission

  • Blue Water Scholarship fund was founded in 2017 by a group of successful Maritime professionals, all of whom came from humble beginnings and share a common goal to give back to both the industry and the community.


  • Blue Water Scholarship Fund aims to introduce the next generation to the Maritime Industry and its many opportunities.

Why Shipping

Careers in the Maritime Field

A few of the career choices available to maritime graduates include:

  • Ship’s Officer (deck or engine)
  • Chartering
  • Ship Operations
  • Brokerage
  • Shipping Finance
  • Ship Agency
  • Trading
  • Multiple Engineering Disciplines
  • Naval Architecture
  • Military Service

What is Maritime Academy?

  • A Maritime Academy is a four year state school that specializes in training students for various positions in the maritime industry.
  • These schools combine a regimental system with a “normal university” and practical seagoing experience on both dedicated training and commercial sea going vessels.
  • This system gives the cadets hands-on experience and allows cadets to graduate with both a bachelors degree in their field of study and a USCG license as either a Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer
  • Due to the unique nature of their graduates, employment rates are usually at or near 100% at some of these schools.

There are six state maritime Academies located throughout the USA:

  1. Texas A&M Galveston Maritime Academy
  2. State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College
  3. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  4. Maine Maritime
  5. California Maritime
  6. Great Lakes Maritime

BEST COLLEGES.COM RANKED SUNY MARITIME #1 IN ROI FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE USA

SUNY - Maritime College


As the name implies, SUNY Maritime College specializes in programs related to marine engineering, shipping, oceanic transportation, and other maritime industries. Many graduates go on to pursue careers as ship captains, engineers, construction and building managers, and environmental safety technicians. SUNY Maritime College's ROI placed highest among all public universities, and beat out every Ivy League school, thanks to its relatively low tuition (roughly $90,000 for the complete degree) compared to the starting salaries of its graduates, which tend to be upward of $55,000 per year.

BEST COLLEGES.COM RANKED MASS. MARITIME #4 IN ROI FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE USA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers degrees in marine engineering, environmental protection, international business, and other fields closely linked with the maritime sector. The leading career path for graduates, marine engineer, earns a median annual salary that exceeds the cost of a degree at the school by nearly $10,000; the starting salaries of other popular career paths, such as operations engineer, field engineer, and environmental coordinator, hover between $40,000 and $60,000.

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