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about the Navy seabee Foundation


In December of 2023, the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association and the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation merged to become the Navy Seabee Foundation. 


The mission of the Navy Seabee Foundation is to preserve and protect the history and legacy of the U.S. Navy Seabees and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. We achieve this by granting scholarships to deserving family members of Seabees, CEC Officers, and those who served with the Naval Construction Force. Additionally, we support the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum as well as other monuments, memorials, and other heritage sites dedicated to the U.S. Navy Seabees. Our commitment extends to supporting the well-being of current and former members of the Seabee/CEC Community and their families.




In 1970, the Seabee Memorial Association was formed to sponsor and build a monument in Washington, D.C. to honor the memory of those who served in Naval Construction Battalions. As the Memorial was being constructed, the Association changed to the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA) to provide scholarships for the children of Seabees and CEC officers. The SMSA has awarded over $7.5 million in scholarship funds since 1971. 


The Seabee Historical Foundation was founded in 1991 to promote the history and heritage of the US Navy Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps. The Foundation built the $13 million U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, CA which opened in 2011. 


Beginning in 2024, the Navy Seabee Foundation will combine the two important missions of education and history by continuing to award scholarships to the children and grandchildren of those who have served with the Naval Construction Force and to promote the rich history and heritage of the Seabees by supporting the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum and other history and heritage activities. 

The US Navy Seabee Memorial
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