Science Awards

Annual Marine Science Scholarship Competition
for High School & Undergraduate Students

Awarding the Next Generation of Marine Innovators

Presented by the ASA & NAMEPA

CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th Annual Marine Science Scholarship Competition for High School & Undergraduate Students

Awarding the Next Generation of Marine Innovators

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) are pleased to announce the return of the Annual Marine Sciences Scholarship Competition. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the ASA and NAMEPA are relaunching the annual scholarship program which is open to all high school and undergraduate students who have recently demonstrated their passion for the Marine Sciences by participating in a Science or Engineering Fair either individually or in a team (of up to three persons). Winners will earn scholarship funds to further their education and research in this exciting field and will be offered an opportunity to showcase their work in front of maritime industry stakeholders via virtual industry conferences, maritime industry publication(s) and websites.

The competition is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage and engineering, and to promote careers within the greater maritime industry and in marine sciences.

All eligible students are invited to submit a project abstract of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing their project which will be reviewed by a technical committee of maritime industry and marine science experts. Each paper is evaluated on a wide range of criteria including: originality, data collection, supporting evidence, and tangibility within the real-world environment.

Papers and abstracts will be accepted from April 1st, 2021 – September 3rd, 2021. Winners will be personally notified before September 30th, 2021 and will be publicly announced in a variety of official marine industry publications and on social media.


Student applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Saturday, September 3rd, 2021.

For additional information on the competition and to submit an entry, please click here. Contact Mrs. Rebecca Garcia-Malone with questions. Alternatively, may be contacted.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Individual or Group Submissions (of up to three students)
   • High School students must have been enrolled in grade 9 - 12 during the 2020– 2021 school year
   • Undergraduate students must have been enrolled full time during the Fall 2020 – Winter 2021 semester
• Project must have been completed during the 22020– 2021 school year
• To be considered, your project should focus on one of the following subject areas: 
   • Marine Environmental Care
   • Naval Architecture
   • Marine Engineering
   • Ocean Engineering
   • Meteorology
   • Underwater Robotics
   • Air Emissions from Ships
   • Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships
   • Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation
   • Offshore Well Control
   • Diving Systems
   • Marine Biology
   • Marine Ecosystems
   • Marine Microorganisms
   • Ship Design
   • Ship Breaking
   • Recovery of Sunken Ships
   • Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants
   • Marine Salvage

Expectation Requirements:

• Abstract of paper 300 words or less
• Technical Paper, no length limitation. Do not submit PowerPoint files of presentations, judges are looking for technical papers that follow proper format and scientific methodology.
• You may submit only the following file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt. 
• Refrain from submitting simple research projects. The judges want to see studies and experiments reflecting originality and tangibility in the real-world environment. 
• Student must provide supporting evidence which may include but is not limited to photographs, graphs, etc. 
• Acknowledgements are encouraged. 
• Submission should be clear of grammatical errors.

Scholarship Awards:

• High school (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100)
• Undergraduate (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100) 
•All prize winners will receive recognition in industry publications, websites and on social media (with the permission of each individual scholarship recipient).

•All prize winners will also receive an invitation to present their award virtually at NAMEPA’s Annual Conference & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 28th, 2021.

• Additional "special recognition" awards may be presented dependent upon submission and judging selection. 



Submit an Entry:

Electronic submission forms can be found and submitted via the following link:

Request for Additional Information:

Contact Mrs. Rebecca Garcia-Malone with questions at

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