2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships
Deadline: June 17, 2016.
The $4,000 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships are made possible by our generous sponsors:
April 19, 2016: The 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships are live.
April 6, 2016: The 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships will be announced shortly.
March 4, 2016: The 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarship will be announced in April
Application Details & Eligibility Requirements
We are proud to announce the 2016-2017 MASNA Student Scholarships. This year there are two scholarships available; one $4,000 scholarship for a college undergraduate student and one $4,000 scholarship for a college graduate student
To be eligible for a $4,000 MASNA Student Scholarship, an applicant must be a current/entering undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.
The student must have declared a major/focus or have intent to declare a major/focus in one of the marine science disciplines.
Selection will be based upon the student’s academic history and the student’s contributions and demonstrated commitment to the marine aquarium hobby.
North American students, no matter where they are studying in the world, as well as students from abroad, who are studying in North America, are eligible, as long as they attend/plan to attend an accredited college or university. MASNA recognizes these locations as being in North America.
The MASNA Student Scholarships are in U.S. Dollars.
Our ideal scholarship candidate:
1: Is seeking a degree in a marine science field.
2: Is active in the marine aquarium hobby.
3: Will be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in 2016 – 2017.
4: Has a GPA above 2.5 / 4.0.
The 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships will be publicly awarded to the recipients at the 28th annual Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) in San Diego, California on September 9 – 11th.
More information about MACNA can be found at MACNAConference.org/2016.
Funding is available to assist each of the chosen applicants in attending MACNA.
Questions about the MASNA Student Scholarships can be directed to Scholarship@MASNA.org. Please have the applicant send the correspondence, not a representative or relative.
The deadline for submission is June 17, 2016.
MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium societies and individual hobbyists from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.
MASNA’s goals are to:
- Educate our members with online and published material, the MACNA conference, and other sanctioned events
- Assist in forming and promoting the growth of clubs within the hobby while ensuring a sustainable future for the marine environment
- Support the efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting marine organisms through education, assistance and encouragement
- Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support captive breeding/propagation efforts
MASNA operates from a central Board of Directors elected each year by the delegates from the member societies at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, (MACNA).
Press Coverage of the MASNA Student Scholarships
Reefs.com Article on the 2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarship recipients: Click here to read the article
Podcast interview with the 2014 – 2015 MASNA Graduate Student Scholarship recipient: Click here and download the June 2015 MASNA Live
AquaNerd article on the 2013 – 2014 MASNA Scholarship recipients: Click here to read the article.
Advanced Aquarist article on the 2013 – 2014 MASNA Scholarship recipients: Click here to read the article.
Reef Hobbyist Magazine article with the 2012 – 2013 MASNA Scholarship recipients:Click here to read the article.
Podcast interview with the 2012 – 2013 MASNA Scholarship recipients: Listen to the MASNA Live interview with Bobby Ortiz and Zach Ostroff, the 2012 – 2013 MASNA Scholarship winners. Click here and download the November 2012 MASNA Live.
Podcast interview with the 2011 – 2012 MASNA Scholarship recipient: Listen to the MASNA Live interview with UH Manoa Ph.D. candidate, Chris Jury, the 2011 – 2012 MASNA Student Scholarship winner. Click here and download the November 2011 MASNA Live.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I send my resume / C.V.?
A: Upload your resume / C.V. as part of your application. Please name your file in this format: FirstName LastName’s Resume.pdf
Q: Where do I send my official transcripts?
A: Have your official transcripts of your current or most recent institution mailed to:
PO Box 105603 #18350
Atlanta, GA 30348-5603, USA
You can also have your current or most recent institution send your transcripts via secure email to Scholarship@MASNA.org
Q: What does MASNA consider as North America?
A: MASNA recognizes these locations as being in North America.
Q: Are recommendation letters accepted?
A: Recommendation letters are not accepted with the application. The scholarship committee may ask for references if they need to verify the information on your application.
Q: I am a mature aged student, can I still apply?
A: Yes, there is no age maximum for the award.
Q: I do not currently have a marine aquarium, can I still apply?
A: Yes, you do not need to currently have a marine aquarium set up.
Q: My degree is not marine focused (i.e. Biology, Ecology) but I hope to pursue a career in a marine field. Am I still eligible for the scholarship?
A: Yes, you are still eligible. Please note in your application how you will be incorporating a marine aspect in the near future.
Q: Does MASNA offer degrees? Is MASNA a university / college?
A: No, MASNA does not offer degrees. We are not a university / college.
Previous MASNA Student Scholarship Recipient Bios:
2015 – 2016
Tim Lyons, Junior in Marine Science at the University of Florida
Bio: Tim Lyons graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in April of 2016 with a study focus in ornamental aquaculture. During his last semester at the University of Florida, he completed his AAUS Scientific Diving Certification and was published in a scientific poster that was presented at the World Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting. He is currently seeking higher education in larval aquaculture, and plans to work towards a position as a hatchery manager.
Liz Marchio, Ph.D. candidate in “Science as Leisure” at Texas A&M University
Bio: “I am a trained ichthyologist interested in what gets people interested in aquatic conservation and science. To explore this question I am utilizing leisure-based constructs to parse out different types of aquarium-keepers and their conservation and science-related attributes. By exploring different styles of participation in aquarium-keeping science and industry can better understand how to make the hobby more exciting, promote diversity, understand conservation-related mindsets, and promote aquarium-keeping as a scientific leisure activity. Having this basic knowledge about aquarists will help identify opportunities to improve and maintain the hobby for years to come.”
2014 – 2015:
Sam May, Junior in Marine Science at the University of Miami.
Bio: Sam will be graduating from the University of Miami in April, 2016, and then pursuing a Ph.D. in population genomics and conservation genetics at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science. He is working on salmon fisheries in Dr. Kerry Naish’s lab.
Ross DeAngelis, Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois.
Bio: Ross is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois that uses the anemonefish A. ocellaris to explore how social circumstances and group dynamics shape the brain and behavior of the fish. He hopes to understand the underlying neurological processes that govern these behaviors. ”
2013 – 2014:
Drew DeLorenzo, Senior in marine science and biochemistry at University of South Carolina.
Bio: “Drew DeLorenzo graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Honor College Summa Cum Laude with dual bachelors degrees in Marine Science and Biochemistry. He has since been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Fulbright Finalist. Currently he is working on his PhD in the Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department at Washington University in St. Louis.”
Adeljean Ho, Ph.D. candidate in marine biology at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Bio: “Adeljean recently received the PhD and will be traveling to Guangzhou, China for a few months, where he will be working on the population genomics of Southeast Asian seahorses. At MACNA 2015, Adeljean was elected to as the MASNA Industry, Legislation, and Ocean Conservation Director. To that extent he will co-run the 2016-2017 scholarship search committee with the MASNA President. “
2012 – 2013:
Bobby Ortiz, Senior in marine biology at Hawaiian Pacific University.
Bio: “Bobby graduated in 2013 from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.S. in Marine Biology. He is currently studying to be a veterinarian at University College, Dublin’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Dublin, Ireland.”
Zach Ostroff, M.Sc candidate at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center.
Bio: ” Zach is currently the curator of the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center where he is in charge of various displays up to 30,000 gallons (marine and reef).”
2011 – 2012:
Chris Jury, Ph.D. candidate in oceanography at UH Manoa.
2010 – 2011:
Kristin Privitera-Johnson, Junior in marine biology at CSU Long Beach.
2009 – 2010:
Brita Mjos, Senior in marine ecology and environmental science at Western Washington University.
E-mail and Resume Tips:
Please make sure to proofread your emails and resume before sending them to scholarship@MASNA.org.
Websites to help with your application: Resume writing tips, Email etiquette advice, Proofreading tips, Electronic Mail.
Online Application Tips:
1: Read over the entire application before entering any data.
2: Please have all parts of your application ready before entering any data.
3: Please have someone proofread your application before you submit it to MASNA. Type out your responses in a word processor before you enter them in to the online form.
4: Questions with a red star are mandatory and are required before clicking the submit button on the application.
5: Please review your answers for any errors before you click submit.
6: If you missed a required data field, the application will highlight the field in red. Please fill in the required field and resubmit the application.
7: Limit your use of acronyms and initialisms. Please spell out the entire name on the first use, and put the acronym or initialism in brackets.
8: You are not able to edit your application once you click the submit button.
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