About Us

“The creation of this charitable CMA Education Foundation strengthens CMA’s commitment to maritime education, provides an opportunity for growth in outreach and meaningful financial support, and ensures a self- sustaining future. This endeavor has been 27 years in the making, and I am thrilled to see it become a reality. Each member of CMA should be equally as proud.”

Beth Wilson-Jordan,
CMA President, March 9, 2011

The CMA Education Foundation's mission is "to promote and support maritime-related education through financial assistance, events, and activities."

It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit educational association. While it is closely associated with the Connecticut Maritime Association ("CMA"), the CMA Education Foundation is a separate legal entity.

The CMA Education Foundation's primary activities include:

  • Awarding scholarships to further maritime education.
  • Subsidizing paid internships for aspiring maritime professionals.
  • Engaging and educating the general public to promote the maritime industry and international trade.
  • Hosting career fairs.
  • Special initiatives in cooperation with generous donors.

History - From its founding in 1984, the Connecticut Maritime Association ("CMA") has always supported maritime-related education. In recent years, the CMA Education Committee has distributed approximately $50,000 per annum in the form of scholarships and internship subsidies. The CMA Education Foundation, established in Sept. 2010 as a separate legal entity, assumed the CMA's education mandate. As a tax-exempt entity, the Foundation is building upon the strong base and traditions that the CMA built. The Foundation aims to expand and improve the pre-existing education programs, as well as fund/establish new programs, through increased fundraising.

Funding - The Foundation was initially funded with seed money generously provided by the CMA. In order to achieve self-sufficiency, the Foundation actively solicits additional funding (individual and corporate) from the maritime industry and its supporters. The CMA Education Foundation welcomes gifts made by check, money order or credit card. Additionally, you can donate gifts of securities (stock, bonds, and mutual funds) and make bequests to the Foundation. Please be sure to have your company match your gift. Please go to "Support" for more information or click here to download our Donation/Pledge form.