In 1970, the Seabee Memorial Association was formed to sponsor and build a monument in Washington, DC 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.
Since 1972, through the generosity of its supporters, SMSA has provided approximately 2,500 scholarships to children and grandchildren of Seabees and CEC Officers seeking a college education. Over the years, SMSA has increased the value of each scholarship from $600 to $3,000, and the number of students with SMSA scholarships in any year has grown from 6 to over 70. The SMSA desires to double the scholarship award amount in order to keep up with the rising costs of a college education, and to increase the number of students receiving scholarships.
SMSA has awarded over 2,500 scholarships since 1972
As of 2014, SMSA has 121 named scholarship recipients
On average, we receive hundreds of applications and award scholarships to 15-25 new students each year
Total value of scholarships awarded is over $4 million, with the current value of each award at $3,000