Student Scholarship Program

2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarships


Aug 12, 2014: The 2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarships have been offered and accepted. Make sure to attend the MASNA meeting at 8am on Friday during MACNA to be one of the first to meet them and say congratulations! Thank you to all of this year’s fine applicants. Check this page next March for information on next year’s program.

Aug 4, 2014: Application update / round 3 emails have been sent out.

July 24, 2014: Make sure you use to access this page.

July 24, 2014: Application update / round 2 emails have been sent out.

July 21, 2014: Application status emails will be sent out this week.

July 3, 2014: We are now processing transcripts postmarked from June 20th.

July 3, 2014: We are now processing transcripts postmarked from June 17th, 18th, and 19th.

June 29, 2014: Application completion emails are being sent out as transcripts are being processed. 

June 21, 2014: The application period is now closed.  Applicants will be emailed next week as to the status of their application.

June 13, 2014: Scholarship applicants will me notified to the status of their application through each step of the decision making process no matter the outcome.

June 10, 2014: Transcripts must be postmarked by June 20th, and received by June 30th.

May 30, 2014: Applicants will receive email updates this weekend

May 1, 2014: Updated the FAQ.

April 14, 2014: The 2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarhips are live!

April 12, 2014: The scholarships will be announced shortly.

March 20, 2014: We are finalizing the details for the scholarships. The scholarships will open in a few weeks.

February 26, 2014: The 2014 – 2105 MASNA Student Scholarships are currently in the planning stages.  Please stay tuned for more information. 


The $4,000 2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarships are made possible by our generous sponsors: 


About MASNA:

MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium socieities 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).


Application Details & Eligibility Requirements

We are proud to announce the 2014-2015 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 2014 – 2015.

4: Has a GPA above 2.5 / 4.0.

The deadline for submission is June 20, 2014.

The 2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarships will be publicly awarded to the recipients at the 26th annual Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 29 – 31, 2014.

More information about MACNA can be found at

Funding is available to assist each of the chosen applicants in attending MACNA.

Questions about the MASNA Student Scholarships can be directed to


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.



Q: Where do I send my resume?

A: Please email your resume to Please put your first and last name in the subject line.  Example: FirstName LastName’s Resume for the 2014 – 2015 MASNA Student Scholarships.

Q: Where do I send my official transcripts?

A: Have your official transcripts of your current or most recent institution mailed to:

MASNA Scholarship

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

Q: What does MASNA consider as North America?

AMASNA 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.

E-mail Tips:

1: Please make sure to proofread your emails and resume before sending them to

Websites to help with your application: Resume writing tipsEmail etiquette adviceProofreading tips

Previous MASNA Scholarship Winners:

2013 – 2014:

Drew DeLorenzo, Senior in marine science and biochemistry at University of South Carloina,

Adeljean Ho, Ph.D. candidate in marine biology at the Florida Institute of Technology.

2012 – 2013:

Bobby Ortiz, Senior in marine biology at Hawaiian Pacific University,

Zach Ostroff, M.Sc candidate at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center.

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.


Hear more from MASNA and MACNA:

MASNA on Facebook and Twitter

MACNA on Facebook and Twitter

Media Outlets:

Please link to this page in your articles so that potential applicants can read the provided information.


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.

The application period for 2014-2015 is now closed.