Student Scholarship Program

2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships

Deadline: June 17, 2016.


The $4,000 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarships are made possible by our generous sponsors: 





Latest Updates

July 6th, 2016: All of the confirmation emails have been sent out, and the applications are with the committee members. We will send an application update email after July 18th.

June 24, 2016: We are currently processing snail mail transcripts postmarked on or before June 13th. Application status emails have begun to go out to applicants.

June 18, 2016: We are currently processing snail mail transcripts postmarked on or before June 8th.

June 18, 2016: The 2016 – 2017 MASNA Student Scholarship Applications are now closed. Applicants will be emailed a status update after June 24.

June 16, 2016: Applications close tomorrow. Transcripts need to be post-marked by tomorrow if mailed, or arrive by email by 11:59pm (School’s local time zone) tomorrow.

June 1, 2016: Just 17 days to go!

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

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.orgPlease have the applicant send the correspondence, not a representative or relative.

The deadline for submission is June 17, 2016.


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).

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