Scholarships & Deadlines

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Scholarships and Deadlines

SEA awards over $1 million per year in need-based aid and scholarships.

Sea Education Association (SEA) understands that cost is a concern when considering study abroad. Therefore, we are committed to making SEA Semester programs affordable for all qualified and motivated students.

SEA awards approximately $1,000,000 per year in both need-based and merit scholarships to students participating in SEA Semester programs. Over 50% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive aid directly from SEA.

Please submit all applications and supporting documents to the SEA Financial Aid Office.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships

One Presidential Scholarship of $7,500 is awarded for every Fall and Spring SEA Semester class (excludes SEA Summer programs). This is our most prestigious award. Criteria are: academic excellence, community service and leadership experience. Apply for this scholarship by submitting a one-page essay describing your qualifications and a nomination form. Applicants for the Presidential Scholarship will be automatically considered for a Dean’s Award.

Support for Presidential Scholarships is provided by named endowed funds.  Some of these scholarship funds consider need.

Cabot Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Edmund B. Cabot Endowed Scholarship Fund
Fremont A. and Eleanor C. Chandler Endowed Scholarship Fund
Clowes Endowed Scholarship Fund
Melville Ireland Endowed Scholarship Fund
Philip R. Jonsson Endowed Scholarship Fund
John C. Parker Endowed Scholarship Fund
Rafe and Kate Parker Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dean’s Awards

One Dean's Award of up to $5,000 is awarded for every Fall and Spring SEA Semester class (excludes SEA Summer programs). This award is based on academic achievement, educational experiences and intellectual curiosity. Apply for this scholarship by submitting a one-page essay describing your background and elaborating on your educational experiences.

Deadlines for Presidential and Dean's Awards:

Spring 2015 Programs: November 1, 2014
Fall 2015 Programs: April 1, 2015

Your entire SEA Semester application must be completed by the scholarship deadline in order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship or Dean’s Award.

Additional Merit Awards

Awards ranging from $500-$5,000 will be awarded throughout the academic year based on a student’s experience or excellence in one of the areas listed below. Funding for these scholarships is provided by named endowed scholarship funds; some also consider need.

Milton N. Allen Endowed Scholarship Fund
Franklin B. and Kevin Sean Armour Memorial Scholarship Fund
Ann W. Brewer Endowed Scholarship Fund
Susan Decker Endowed Scholarship Fund
Hall Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Rip Hudner Endowed Scholarship Fund
Exy Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Edward S. MacArthur Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jim Millinger Endowed Scholarship Fund
Satterberg Endowed Scholarship Fund
Edward P. Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund

Please write a short (one-page) essay detailing your qualifications for the award. There are no application deadlines for these merit awards:

Excellence in the Humanities Award: For students focusing their undergraduate studies in the humanities and demonstrating a strong academic record.

Excellence in Environmental Studies/Sciences Award: For students focusing in Environmental Studies or Environmental Sciences with a strong academic record in their discipline.

Research Experience Award: For students who have previous research experience in the natural sciences, social sciences or the humanities.

Excellence in Marine Sciences Award: For students with a strong background in marine sciences or oceanography.

Mariner’s Award: For students with a background in nautical science, navigation , sailing or seafaring.

Community Service Award: For students with a record of service to their home or college community.

Leadership Award: For students with a record of leadership in clubs, sports, student government, campus organizations, etc.

Diversification Award: For students whose participation in SEA Semester will add diversity to the SEA Community.

Special Scholarships

Trimester/Quarter Awards

Automatic $2,500 scholarships are available to students enrolling in Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester programs from colleges operating on a trimester or quarter calendar. These awards are not available for SEA Summer Sessions.

SEA High School Alumni Awards

A student who has participated in one of our high school seminars is eligible for an SEA award of up to $2,500 for a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $1,650 (8-week); $950 (4-week). Please call the SEA Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply.

SEA Semester Alumni Awards

A student who has participated in a previous SEA Semester program is eligible for an SEA award of up to $5,000 for a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $3,300 (8-week); $1,850 (4-week). Please call the SEA Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply.

SEA Alumni Referral Awards

If you learned about SEA Semester from an alumnus or alumna of our program, you may be eligible for an SEA award of up to $2,500 for a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $1,650 (8-week); $950 (4-week). Please call the SEA Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply.

SEA Legacy Awards

If one of your parents participated in a SEA Semester program, you are eligible to apply for an SEA award of up to $2,500 for a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $1,650 (8-week); $950 (4-week). Please call the SEA Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply.

Five-College Scholarship Award

A $5,000 merit-based scholarship is available for every Fall, Winter, and Spring SEA Semester program for students from colleges in the Five-College Consortium (Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hampshire College). These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessionson the following basis: $3,300 (8-week); $1,850 (4-week). Deadlines: April 20th for Fall semesters, November 1st for Winter and Spring semesters. A faculty nomination is required Five-College Faculty Nomination form (pdf).

Killam Canadian National Scholarship

Each year, SEA awards one scholarship of up to $5,000 to a resident of Canada participating in a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. These awards are prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $3,300 (8-week); $1,850 (4-week). Please apply using our regular financial aid application.

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Endowed Journalism Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship is available once per year to a deserving student majoring in Journalism participating in a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. This award is prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $1,650 (8-week); $950 (4-week). Contact the SEA Admission Office for details.

Charlie McClennen Fellowship for Colgate University Students

This $5,000 scholarship is available once per year to a deserving Colgate University student accepted to a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. This award is prorated for SEA Summer Sessions on the following basis: $3,300 (8-week); $1,850 (4-week). Contact the SEA Financial Aid Office for details.

Bermudian National Scholarship

For Bermuda students enrolled in SEA Semester, SEA will match the scholarship value for any student who receives an award from The National Transportation Board or the Bermuda Zoological Association. Please apply using our regular financial aid application and including details of your NTB or BZA scholarship.

Institutional Awards

Students enrolled at Purdue University, Ripon College, Stonehill College, Sweet Briar College, SUNY-ESF, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island should contact the SEA Financial Aid Office to learn about special scholarship opportunities available only to them.

Financial Aid Contact

Virginia Land McGuire

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Associate Dean,
Student Services & Financial Aid

SEA Alumna - C115

vland@sea.edu
800-552-3633 x 557

Financial Aid Contact

Dale Dean

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Administrative Assistant,
Student Services & Financial Aid

ddean@sea.edu
800-552-3633 x 535

Financial Aid Contact

Contact Information

Fax:
800-977-8516

Mail:
SEA Financial Aid
PO Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Physical/Shipping:
SEA Financial Aid
171 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540