Scholarship

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2018 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.

New in 2018, we have added the Bernice Mae Dutra Georgadarellis Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) and the Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) Scholarship ($1,000).  The new 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 May.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

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

Cassandra Santos graduated from Dartmouth High School, lives in Dartmouth and will be attending Providence College to study Optometry.

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

Joseph Vicente graduated from Bishop Stang High School and plans to attend Syracuse University to study Journalism.

Ashlie Thatcher graduated from Westport High School and will be attending Brown University to major in International Relations.

Alyssa Pereira graduated from Bishop Stang High School and will be attending Northeastern University to study Physical Therapy.

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

Ethan Paiva graduated from Dartmouth High School and will be attending Worcester State University to study Computer Science.

Northeast Maritime Institute Scholarship ($1,000)

Nicholas Araujo is the recipient of our new $1,000 Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) Scholarship, a joint scholarship which promotes maritime studies in our local community.  Nicholas currently attends NMI and will continue his final year of studies there this fall.  He lives in Fairhaven, MA.