Student Scholarship Program

2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarships


July 30, 2015: The Scholarship Committee is currently reviewing applications for round 2.

July 23, 2015: All Round 1 emails have been sent.

July 21, 2015: Round 1 completion emails are currently being sent.

July 2, 2015: We are now processing transcripts postmarked June 17th or earlier.

June 30, 2015: We are now processing transcripts postmarked June 15th or earlier.

June 24, 2015: The first application completion emails have been sent. We are now processing transcripts postmarked June 11th or earlier.

June 22, 2015: We are now processing transcripts postmarked June 9th or earlier.

June 20, 2015: The application period is now closed. We will be processing applications over the upcoming weeks and will email you when your application is complete.

June 19, 2015: We will accept applications until midnight in your local time zone. We are currently processing snail mailed transcripts that are postmarked June 5th or earlier.

June 14, 2015: Applicants will be notified of their progress through every step of the process. As we process applications, we will send out emails in receipt of resumes and then of completed applications.

June 12, 2015: Scholarship applications and support material are due in one week. All transcripts must be post marked by June 19th, or emailed by June 19th.

April 13, 2015: The application period is open.

April 9, 2015: The 2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarship will be announced shortly.




The $4,000 2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarships are made possible by our generous sponsors: 


About MASNA:

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).


Application Details & Eligibility Requirements

We are proud to announce the 2015-2016 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 2015 – 2016.

4: Has a GPA above 2.5 / 4.0.

The deadline for submission is June 19, 2015.

The 2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarships will be publicly awarded to the recipients at the 27th annual Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) in Washington D.C. on Sept 4-6, 2015.

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 / C.V.?

A: Please email your resume to Please put your first and last name in the subject line. Please label your resume file the same way  Example: FirstName LastName’s Resume for the 2015 – 2016 MASNA Student Scholarships. File name: 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:

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:

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, Electronic Mail.


Previous MASNA Scholarship Winners:

2014 – 2015:

Sam May, Junior in Marine Science at the University of Miami.

Ross DeAngelis, Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois.

2013 – 2014:

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

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 is now closed.