Scholarships are awarded for accredited four-year bachelor's degrees, two-year associate's degrees or Career & Technical Education (CTE) degrees (12-18 month career and technical education programs). We do not provide graduate school scholarships or scholarships for part-time programs, or for great-grandchildren.

Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, books, academic-related fees.  Scholarships are renewable for up to four-years provided recipient meets academic requirements.


Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:


  • Applicants must be the child or grandchild of Seabees or Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers.

    • Eligible sponsors are enlisted personnel with a Seabee rating, CEC officers, or others who have served or are serving in a Naval Construction Force Unit.  This includes members of other service branches assigned to a Seabee unit.  Active duty, reserve, retired and honorably discharged Seabee children and grandchildren are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must currently be a senior in high school or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.​​

  • Scholarship Deadline is April 15th each year. 

Required Application Documents:

All applicants must submit a Scholarship Application that includes:

  • Verification of Sponsor’s eligibility as Seabee, CEC officer, or service with a Seabee unit. Acceptable official documents include DD-214, discharge or reenlistment certificates or current active duty orders.

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and Statement of Financial Assistance from the college or university (if available) and IRS Form 1040 (Page 1 and 2)

  • Summary of Extracurricular Activities and Awards (school and community)

  • Summary of applicant employment history (Employers, dates and description of responsibilities)

  • High School Seniors must complete the transcript request form.

  • Applicants currently enrolled in college must submit an official college transcript

  • Applicants must submit the personal statement essay

  • The applicant must electronically sign and date the application.

Failure to submit an essay, a signed IRS form1040 or a transcript will result in disqualification. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What selection criteria are used to select recipients?
Scholarship selections are made on the basis of financial need, scholastic record, leadership, good citizenship and character.


What are the Seabee/CEC Sponsor requirements for applicants?
To apply for a scholarship, students must be children, step-children and/or grandchildren of any officer or enlisted member who serve or have served with the Naval Construction Force (Seabees) or the Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).


Are step-children eligible to apply?
Yes! Step-children may be required to provide additional documentation to show proof of relationship to their qualifying military parent (typically a tax document or a marriage certificate).


Can I still apply for the SMSA scholarship if I’m receiving VA and/or GI Bill benefits?
Yes! Our scholarship can be used in addition to any other benefits you may be receiving.

When is the Deadline?
Scholarship Deadline is April 15th each year.  Applications must be completed online no later than 11:59 PM CT on this date.

Application Process

The Application period for the 2022-23 Academic year is closed.

Scholarship award notification will be made by the end of June.

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in January, 2023.

Scholarships Offered by the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association

Four Year Renewable Scholarships

These scholarships provide annual grants for each year of a four-year baccalaureate degree at any accredited college or university.  

Two Year Renewable Scholarships

These scholarships provide annual grants for each year of a two-year associate degree program at any accredited two-year institution, including community college.  

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships

These scholarships provide one-time grants for 12 to 18-month programs in any career or technical education program.

Seabee Wounded in Action Scholarships

These scholarships are for children or grandchildren of Seabees who were wounded in action and received a Purple Heart. These scholarships can be four-year, two-year or CTE depending on the student’s field of study.

Fallen Seabee Scholarship

These scholarships are reserved for the children of Seabees killed in action. These scholarships can be four-year, two-year or CTE depending on the student’s field of study. 

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Caroline Ridge

Political Science, Syracuse University

"It is because of my grandfather, my Seabee Sponsor, that I take my education very seriously. I plan on majoring in political science and eventually getting my law degree to become an advocate for children with special needs."