Florida Harbor Pilots Association 2014 Minority Scholarship

General Information:

Each year, the Florida Harbor Pilots Association (FHPA) identifies two minority cadets at one of the six national maritime academies who show enthusiasm and aptitude for a possible career as a state pilot.  Each selected recipient will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship during the school year.  In addition to the $2,500 scholarship, each recipient will receive $500 for travel expenses to attend a training session with a state pilot association in Florida, where they will get hands-on experience and exposure to all aspects of a state harbor pilot’s career.


  • Must be a “minority person” pursuant to s. 288.703(4), Florida Statutes (2013):

    • An African American, a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of the African Diaspora, regardless of cultural origin.

    • A Hispanic American, a person of Spanish or Portuguese culture with origins in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, South America, Central America, or the Caribbean, regardless of race.

    • An Asian American, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands, including the Hawaiian Islands before 1778.

    • A Native American, a person who has origins in any of the Indian Tribes of North America before 1835, upon presentation of proper documentation thereof as established by rule of the Department of Management Services.

    • An American woman.

    • Must be enrolled in one of the following maritime academies:

      • California Maritime Academy

      • Maine Maritime Academy

      • Massachusetts Maritime Academy

      • S.U.N.Y. Maritime College

      • Texas A&M University at Galveston

      • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point.

      • Must have completed your first-year sea-term requirements and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

      • Must be planning to pursue a career as a state harbor pilot, preferably in the State of Florida.

      • Must write a maximum 250-word essay explaining why you are interested in becoming a harbor pilot. 

Application Process:

Additional information and the application form are also available at www.floridapilots.com


May 31, 2014

Additional Information:

Florida Harbor Pilots Association

Scholarship Consideration

PO Box 38294

Tallahassee, Fl 32315