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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. AMHS is committed to helping our Portuguese-American community’s youth achieve higher education and growing our scholarship offerings over time.

AMHS issues four 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. These scholarships began as two modest book awards of $50 each in 2003. Thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, they have grown steadily over time.

In 2018, AMHS is offering a new fifth scholarship for $1,000 to a student who will attend the Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven to pursue a two-year degree in applied nautical science. This new scholarship promotes NMI’s important community role providing a world-class applied maritime science associate’s degree steps away from the port of New Bedford.

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.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Azorean Maritime Heritage Society 2017 scholarship recipients

Four deserving students received Azorean Maritime Heritage Society scholarships in 2017.

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

Hannah Friedman graduated from Bishop Stang High School. She will be attending UMass Dartmouth to study Business.

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

Eagan Joshua Cabral graduated from Fairhaven High School. He will be attending Western Michigan University to study Aviation Flight Science.

Kaitlyn-Marie Brilhante graduated from BMC Durfee High School in Fall River. She will be attending Salve Regina University to study Finance and Accounting.

Eric Santos graduated from New Bedford Global Learning Charter School. He will be attending Bridgewater State University to study Health Sciences.