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Washington State University

Merchants Exchange of Portland Scholarship


  • The applicant’s chosen field of study must be in the Maritime Field and/or International Trade.
  • Must be enrolled in a 4-year, 2-year institution, or Graduate degree program.
    • 4-year degree students: The applicant must have completed the minimum credits and/or hours equivalent to two (2) academic years and must be of Junior or Senior in academic standing at an accredited institution of higher learning.
    • 2-year institution students: The applicant must be accepted to, or currently pursuing a degree (in your first or second year) in a 2-year program at an institution of higher learning or at USCG approved institution.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Must demonstrate academic achievement and have exemplary qualities in personal character. Financial need may be considered if other factors are equal.

More Details

All applications must be submitted or postmarked by May 31, 2019.

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit 1 letter of recommendation from a professor or direct supervisor.
  • Submit your sealed certified academic transcripts.
  • Write 2 essays (500 word maximum each) on 2 of the 3 topics below:
    • Summarize a recent news article or political commentary you have read and describe its effect on the international trade and maritime industry.
    • Describe a challenge currently facing the international trade and maritime industry, and how you feel these issues should be addressed.
    • Who in the international trade and/or maritime industry was your biggest influence in pursuing a career in international trade and/or maritime industry and why?

The applications and submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship’s website.