Scholarships are available to K-12 school groups, youth groups, service organizations, and individuals who want to learn about life aboard tall ships.
For All Groups: Check out our easy-t0-use “friendraising” site that will help you ask your community for donations. If parents, friends, local businesses, and others give small amounts, you will be surprised at how quickly you’ll raise the money to cover your program’s cost. You’ll be setting sail in no time!
Scholarships for Groups
For Title I Schools: The Magic Cabinet Foundation has funded a program that pays 50% of the cost of a three-hour sailing education program. The MCF scholarship is available to all public schools in Oregon, California, and Washington state designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education. Title I schools are defined as schools where 40% or more of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Schools are required to provide a letter verifying Title I status and complete our simple application process. Contact us if you have any questions.
For All Groups: The Henry H. Anderson Sail Training Scholarship, available through Tall Ships America, funds up to 50% of a program’s cost ($1,500 maximum award) on a quarterly basis. Fourth and fifth grade school groups in public and private schools may be eligible for these funds, as well as any other type of group that meets the grant requirements. Download the application (PDF).
Scholarships for Individuals
For Individuals Aged 14-19: The Henry H. Anderson Sail Training Scholarship, available through Tall Ships America, can fund up to 75% of your Two Weeks Before the Mast program cost ($375 maximum award) and is available on a quarterly basis. For details and eligibility, read through the grant requirements. Though the program offers grants for people 14 to 19, our minimum age limit is 16. Download an application (PDF).
Golden Gate Tall Ships Society, based in San Francisco, offers scholarships covering up to 90 percent of the Two Weeks Before the Mast program cost for qualified applicants aged 14-19. Scholarship are generally given to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. For application guidelines, visit the GGTSS website.
For All Individuals Aged 16+: The Ernestine Bennett Memorial Sail Training Scholarship, available through Tall Ships America, can fund up to 100% of your Two Weeks Before the Mast program cost ($500 maximum award) and is available on a quarterly basis. The scholarship is available to all, though preference is given to applicants from the Pacific Northwest and women. For details and eligibility, please read the grant requirements. Download an application (PDF).
Crew Development Grants
Are you preparing to test for your U.S. Coast Guard license? The Tall Ships America Crew Development Grant can pay for up to 50% of the total cost of the course or program you successfully complete. More information is available here.