On Friday, April 30, 2004, the SUNY Maritime College Alumni Association distributed the first scholarship awards of it's second century. Founded 1903, the Alumni Association, a privately funded, volunteer managed, charitable association of graduates of the Maritime College and its predicessor institutions, which is not affilitated with the State of New York and recieves no government support, exists to advance the professional interests of the Maritime College, its alumni, faculty, and students. Funds for the scholarships were raised through various private donations to the Alumni Association's national board, as well as to its various local chapters, most notably, Long Island. Twenty-eight scholarships, totalling $35,000.00, were distributed to assist U.S. Maritime Service Cadets meet tuition and fee expenses associated with their participation in Summer Sea Term 2004 aboard Maritime College's Training Ship 'Empire State,' pictured in the adjacent photo, which departs the College's New York City Campus on May 15. Upon graduation, the Cadets will be licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officers, will have accredited Bachelor's Degrees in disciplines related to the maritime industry, and will be eligible for commissions in our Nation's various sea services. Some of the Cadet recipients of the 2004 Summer Sea Term Scholarships are shown in the adjacent photograph, taken at the College. More information on the programs of the SUNY Maritime College Alumni Association is available at www.sunymaritimealumni.org.