The Youth Maritime Training Association is a program that provides information, scholarship, and grant resources to students in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1996 by Norm Manly, YMTA began as a single man’s passion for exposing students to boats and the water. Norm carried the organization for 10 years until he handed the reigns over to Gary Stauffer, a retired NOAA fisheries expert, who shared Norm’s vision. Gary also ran the organization as a one-man show until 2014 when YMTA found its new home with PSM.
Currently, YMTA awards six or seven scholarships per year, ranging from $1,000 – $5,000. We attend at least 24 college/career fairs each year and have reached approximately 200 students each year.
With more hands on deck, we hope to grow YMTA – giving more scholarships with higher award amounts; broadening funding opportunities to all age levels; and increasing our partnerships with local industry businesses (for field trip, internship, and training opportunities). Your business can help by sponsoring a scholarship and providing operating support – Donate Today!
Teachers, check out our YMTA Grant Funding Application for bringing your students to the water, or maritime into your classroom!
Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM)
The Goodfellow Foundation