Our founder, Alexandra Hagerty attended SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, New York. She received the Sandy Pinckert Aviation Scholarship as there were no scholarships available in the maritime field. She also noticed that there were no scholarship foundations specifically for female merchant mariners in the United States.
She ascertained this demand and supply gap and jumped on the opportunity, which led to the formation of the Alexandra Hagerty Women’s Maritime Foundation in November 2018, a non-profit organization.
According to BIMCO (Baltic and International Maritime Council), the largest international shipping association based in Copenhagen, Denmark, there are 60,000 commercial vessels worldwide and only 0.6% (less than 1% globally) have female officers where that be in the deck or engine department.
Meaning, women make up less than 3% per cent in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
The Alexandra Hagerty Women’s Maritime Foundation is the first non-profit to focus on educational scholarship programs for women and minorities interested in pursuing an unlimited tonnage license program with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at one of America’s 7 accredited maritime academies.
PITKIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP: There are 2 Annual scholarships for any Pitkin County High School student admitted into a U.S. Maritime Academy of their choice as our program is based out of Aspen, Colorado and this is a great opportunity for one local girl and one local boy to attend a maritime academy. Must graduate on time and be admitted into a Maritime Academy. Scholarships start at $1,000.
The Board of Directors review applications and choose candidates for scholarships. Board of Directors: