2021 Scholars Applications Are Open

About this program

Western’s Marine Science Scholars Program is a distinctive experience for 21 entering first-year students. The program provides a group experience for a diverse group of high-achieving students. It begins with a residential course at the Shannon Point Marine Center, where students get to know faculty and each other. The marine science faculty who lead this course continue to work closely with students throughout the program.  Students continue to meet with each other once a week throughout their first and second years at Western. 

These scholars learn about contemporary environmental issues facing our marine and coastal environments. They also gain experience, professional development skills, and exposure to scientific research and data collection. This introductory experience at SPMC and the cohort program during the school year can be a valuable initial step into the newly created Marine and Coastal Science degree program.

Apply by March 3

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.


  • First-Year Student
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Academic interest in Marine Science, Marine & Coastal Science, Biology, Environmental Science, or Geology

Dates and Cost

The priority deadline for full consideration is March 3.

The program begins prior to fall quarter with a two-week intensive course at Western’s marine research station, and then continues into fall quarter and beyond on campus.

This course costs $550, which includes food and housing for two-weeks

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Seals in Oak Harbor
Shannon Point Research Center


  • Living and learning at the Shannon Point Marine Center for two weeks, featuring hands-on course work prior to the start of your first Fall Quarter at Western (MACS 110) that begins prior to the start of your first Fall Quarter at Western and continues through Fall Quarter
  • Exclusive registration for a special series of 1-credit seminars addressing contemporary issues, such as pollution, global climate change, and sustainable fisheries as well as professional skills development.  (MACS 111 for first year students, MACS 112 for second years)
  • Developing lasting ties with a small cohort that improve student success in academic development as well as an increased sense of belonging and having a place at Western
  • Close involvement with faculty in the Marine and Coastal Science program who instruct courses for the Marine Science Scholars Program
  • Interaction with invited professionals from a variety of marine science career tracks
  • Staying informed on how to get involved with marine science and conservation through internships, research and outreach opportunities, and lectures
  • Gaining a valuable initial step into Western’s newly created Marine and Coastal Science undergraduate degree program if students choose to pursue this major.  (The entire 9 credits in the program can apply as degree requirements and electives in the the MACS major)