2016 MTS Scholarship Applications

Thank you for your interest in the Marine Technology Society (MTS) scholarship program. MTS provides scholarships to students focused on studying marine technology, marine engineering or marine science.

Scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Wednesday April 20, 2016.


  • Scholarships are awarded to MTS student members only. You may join MTS as a student member for $25 (http://www.mtsociety.org/membership/new/add.aspx).
  • You can complete the application form electronically using Microsoft Word or online: (http://www.mtsociety.org/education/scholarships.aspx).
  • You must use the scholarship award for tuition only in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Do not use this application for the MTS ROV Committee Scholarship; as that scholarship requires a different application.
  • Scholarship money is sent to your school's Bursar Offices, not directly to scholarship recipients. 
    Scholarship funds are applicable to tuition expenses and issued via check in U.S. dollars.

Please note: If you previously received one of the following MTS scholarship awards, you are ineligible to apply the following year for the same award.

1) Please check the boxes next to all scholarships for which you are applying. Submit only one application package; your application will be considered for all scholarships you select.
  Charles H. Bussmann Undergraduate Scholarship (for MTS members currently enrolled as an undergraduate in college)
  Charles H. Bussmann Graduate Scholarship (for MTS members who are currently enrolled in or have been accepted to graduate school)
  MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate Students (for MTS members who are currently enrolled and attending graduate school)
  MTS Student Scholarship for Undergraduate Students (for MTS members who are currently enrolled and attending college)
  MTS Student Scholarship for Two-Year Technical, Engineering and Community College Students (for MTS members who are currently enrolled and attending a community or technical college)
  MTS Student Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors who have been accepted to either a 2-year or 4-year academic program
  Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship (for MTS members with an interest in marine instrumentation development)
2) Please complete ALL the information fields below:
First Name:
Middle Initial:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
Phone Number:
Degree you're pursuing and/or certification path:
Major and/or Minor:
MTS Member ID:
(numbers only)
Current School:
How did you learn about the Marine Technology Society scholarship program?
3) List of Current Classes:
4) Essay. The Marine Technology Society is interested in providing scholarships to students with a current focus (or future interest) in marine technology, marine engineering and marine science. Please provide an essay (using the space below) or no more than 500 words. Your essay MUST include the following:
  1. Your interest in marine technology
  2. How your interest in marine technology relates to your current or planned field of study
  3. How you plan to apply your degree
  4. If applicable, please include your current use or devlopment of instrumentation or technology
Word count:
5) Provide the following information for the past two years only by typing inside the boxes (a bulleted list is preferred and no more than 200 words for each category):
Awards, honors and/or academic achievements: (Honors and awards can include Dean's List, Science Fair Awards, National Merit Scholar, etc.)
Word count:
Marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science related extracurricular school activities (for example: volunteering at a local Ocean Sciences Bowl, local ROV competition, a science or engineering festival, MTS/IEEE OCEANS Conference, local Aquarium, Beach Clean-up, underwater clean-up, water quality monitoring program, aquatic animal monitoring program, local association dedicated to marine-related issues, service to country - please detail your service and how it may relate to marine technology, specialized research projects - if independent please describe research project, if part of a team, please describe your role within the larger research project).
Word count:
Marine Technology Development Activities (Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship applicants only). Please be specific as to the type of technology applied, augmented or developed (can include computer models and software):
Word count:
6) Please do not forget to hit "submit" to complete this application.

Please send the following documents via email only to scholarships@mtsociety.org. Paper forms will not be accepted. When submitting via email, please label the documents accordingly and attach your last name: ScholarshipRecommendation_Smith and ScholarshipReference_Smith.

ONE MTS Student Scholarship Recommendation Form from a teacher, counselor, professor, advisor, co-op or internship supervisor in a marine-related field course(s), performed research for or received advice from within the past two years. For high school seniors, the recommendation form must be from a current teacher in any field, however a science teacher is preferred. This form must be filled out completely and emailed to scholarships@mtsociety.org.

ONE MTS Student Scholarship Reference Form (character reference) from someone you know who IS NOT a teacher, counselor, advisor or professor. This form is to highlight the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person applying for the scholarship. Suggestions are a neighbor, family friend or volunteer supervisor/coordinator, but NOT a parent. This is NOT a recommendation form. The form must be filled out completely and mailed to scholarships@mtsociety.org.

For high school seniors, proof that you have been accepted to a two-year or four-year academic program (such as an acceptance letter from the program).

Official Transcript. Submit one of the following:
1: A "Certified Electronic Transcript" also known as Official eTranscripts (a secure, certified PDF that is password protected and has been digitally signed and certified) and emailed from the school registrar’s office to scholarships@mtsociety.org no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 GMT.


2: Official sealed transcripts must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and mailed to:

Marine Technology Society, Scholarships
1100 H Street NW
Suite LL-100
Washington, DC 20005

Please send only the most recent transcript from the school. Do not send previous years or from multiple schools. This is the only document that has an option of being mailed in.

Applications that are incomplete or fail to meet the requirements will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Voelker at (202) 717-8705 ext 102.
Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by 11:59 PM GMT
Complete your application: