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2020 scholarship applications are due March 15.

Since 2003, the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society has awarded scholarships to deserving local high school senior and first-time freshman applicants who will be pursuing undergraduate college education.  Our scholarships began as two modest book awards of $50 each.  AMHS is committed to helping our Portuguese-American community’s youth achieve higher education and continues to grow our scholarship offerings over time.

AMHS now issues six scholarships each year. The Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista scholarships ($1,000 each) are named after each of our whaleboats. The Dr. Mary T. Vermette Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) honors our founder and her dedication to keep our shared maritime heritage alive.

In 2018, we added the Bernice Mae Dutra Georgadarellis Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) and the Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) Scholarship ($1,000).  The NMI scholarship is a joint scholarship for a student pursuing a two-year degree in applied nautical science and promotes NMI’s important community role providing a world-class applied maritime science associate’s degree steps away from the port of New Bedford.  Thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, they have grown steadily over time.

You can help fund these scholarships for our promising local youth. Become a member, make a donation to the scholarship fund, or attend one of our annual fundraising events: the Scholarship Dinner in February and the Sails of Portugal wine tasting in June.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Mary T. Vermette Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Noah Quintin graduated from Nazarene Christian Academy, is formerly of New Bedford and now lives in Marion.  He will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Computer Science/Game Design & Development.

Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista scholarships ($1,000 each)

Taylor Alves graduated from Dartmouth High School and plans to attend Johnson & Wales University to study Finance/Healthcare Administration.

Catarina Pereira graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School and will be attending Providence College to study Political Science and Portuguese.

Christopher Ng graduated from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School and will be attending Northeastern University to study Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Bernice Mae Dutra Georgadarellis Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Ruth Valesca Barbosa Amado graduated from New Bedford High School and will be attending Roger Williams University to study Biochemistry.

Northeast Maritime Institute Scholarship ($1,000)

Cody West is the recipient of our new $1,000 Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) Scholarship, a joint scholarship which promotes maritime studies in our local community.  Cody currently attends NMI and will continue his final year of studies in Applied Science and Nautical Science there this fall.