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The SNAME Scholastic Grant Program


The SNAME Scholastic Grant Program awards grants to support student member activities. Different from the Scholarship Program, this funding mechanism benefits a larger number of students and supports specific activities or needs. Students shall use these grants to pay for costs associated with specific activities or events that enable experiences that contribute to the students’ growth towards a professional career in the marine industry.

Application and Granting Priorities

Students may apply for grants to support activities including, but not limited to:

  • Student trips, including travel and attendance at SNAME and other professional meetings and conferences

  • Student Section Professional Development Activities

  • Student Research and/or Development Projects

  • Student competitions (SailBot, concrete canoe, etc.)

  • Student papers

    There are two application deadlines: Generally October 1st and April 1st. Applications may be accepted after the April 1st deadline, but before the end of the fiscal year (June 30th), until the funds are exhausted. The total funding annually for the program is US $10,000.

Applications will be reviewed and awards announced within a month after the each application deadline. The Student Section Advisors Committee (SSAC) will have sole discretion in selecting the recipients and will report to the Executive Committee after awards are made.



Required Reporting

Grant awardees will be required to submit a summary report of the funded activity within 30 days of the conclusion of the activity. As a rough guide, funding for activities such as meeting attendance or small-scale Student Section Professional Development Activities shall be summarized in about 300 words. Larger scale travel, competition, or research work shall be summarized in about 1000 words. Pictures and graphics should be included.

Failure to report or the inability to reach the stated purpose or goals may make that Student Section ineligible for grant funds the following year.


  1. The program is open to all students who are SNAME Student Members when their grant application is reviewed.

  2. Applications can be made by one student or a group of students (all must be student members).

  3. Funds shall not be used for general education, textbooks, student section operating and entertainment expenses. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Scholastic Grants Sub-Committee.

  4. Students could win more than one grant, either in the same year or in subsequent years and could be awarded a grant and a scholarship.

Program Structure and Process

This program is administered by the Headquarters staff in consultation with the Student Section Advisors Committee (SSAC) via their Scholastic Grants Sub-Committee.

Grant Logistics

Maximum award will be US $1,000, unless there are excess funds which may be allocated at the Sub-Committee’s discretion.

The Student Section Advisor will oversee the spending of the grant funds. In the absence of a Student Section Advisor the SNAME parent section will oversee the spending. It is recognized that in some cases the funding would have to fall inside the university or college system. If this is a requirement, then the university administration fees shall be paid by the grant winner or Advisor from the grant funds.