2021 scholarship applications are due April 20.
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.
2020 Scholarship Recipients
Dr. Mary T. Vermette Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Cameron Curado of New Bedford graduated from New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. He will be attending Johnson & Wales University to study Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management.
Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista scholarships ($1,000 each)
Gwendolyn Baptista graduated from Old Rochester Regional Vocational Technical High School and plans to attend UMass Amherst to study Architectural Design.
Savanha Laroche graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School and will be attending UMass Dartmouth to study Nursing.
Christina Eckenreiter graduated from Fairhaven High School and will be attending UMass Amherst to study Animal Science.
Bernice Mae Dutra Georgadarellis Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Phoenix Carreiro graduated from Bishop Stang High School and will be attending Suffolk University to study Global Business.
Rosa Pinheiro Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)
Jillian Aguiar graduated from Bishop Stang High School and will be attending Sacred Heart University to study Biology in the Pre-Physician Assistant/Nursing Program.