Since 2003, the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society has awarded scholarships to deserving local high school senior and first-time college applicants who will be pursuing undergraduate education. Our scholarships began as two modest book awards of $50 each. Thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, they have grown steadily over time. AMHS is committed to helping our Portuguese-American community’s youth achieve higher education and to growing our scholarship offerings over time.
In 2022, AMHS will issue five scholarships. The Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista scholarships ($1,000 each) are named after each of our whaleboats. The Dr. Mary T. Vermette Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) honors our founder and her dedication to keep our shared maritime heritage alive.
New this year, the Diamantino Fidalgo Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) will be awarded with perforation for a student who plans to pursue maritime studies.
You can help fund these scholarships for our promising local youth. Become a member, make a donation to the scholarship fund, or attend one of our annual fundraising events: the Scholarship Dinner in February and the Sails of Portugal wine tasting in June.
Christian Gwozdz Silveira graduated from Dartmouth High School and will be attending Bristol Community College to study business.
Jack Octavio Matos graduated from Durfee High School and plans to attend UMass Amherst to study business administration.
Emilia Costa graduated from Dartmouth High School and will be attending Providence College to study marketing.
Bianca Almeida graduated from Dartmouth High School and will be attending Lasell University to study business and fashion merchandising.
Kaleigh Sousa graduated from New Bedford High School and will be attending University of Connecticut to study biology.