Marine Science Camp


The gift of camp


Marine Science Institute is a non-profit organization and we are dedicated to providing science education to students from all walks of life, throughout the year. We raise funds to support schools all over the Bay Area to attend MSI programming throughout the school year. During the summer we would like to continue to offer support to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford camp. The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the benefits of camps.


The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund is entirely supported by the generous contributions of our community. If you have enjoyed an MSI experience, you know how special this gift can be. With your help, we look forward to continuing to inspire young scientists to keep active and inquisitive minds that have a lasting impact.  

To donate:

If you wish to provide financial assistance for children, please visit our Network for Good page and select Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund under the donation designation drop down menu. 100% of all donated funds are used for Marine Science Camp scholarships for children.

To apply:

Marine Science Camp Scholarship applications are available below:


  • Scholarship awards are granted only to campers with financial need and determined by a set criteria. Awards are not guaranteed to every applicant.

  • An application is required for each child.

  • 2019 financial documents are required (multi-child families may submit one set of financial data with all applications). All submitted information is confidential. Do not submit your 2018 financial documents.

  • We try our best to honor your preferences but cannot guarantee your top-choice session and week.

  • Scholarship recipients will be required to contribute a minimum of $100 per child. Funds are awarded on a sliding scale based on demonstrated financial need and recipients may be required to contribute an additional amount.

  • Scholarships are not available for any camp options the week of August 10-14.

  • All application materials must be returned to MSI by Friday April 3, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 25, 2020.

Additional fundraising resources:

  • Facebook: Click "Create" along the blue bar at the top, then select "Fundraiser" and follow the prompts.

  • MightyCause: Click the plus sign icon on their homepage, select "Start a Fundraiser" and follow the prompts.

  • GoFundMe: Click "Start a GoFundMe" and follow the prompts.

“My son went to marine camp for the first time last year and loved it so much. Throughout the year he spoke about how he couldn't wait to go back!!!! All the while I worried about how I was going to afford it...[O]nce I applied I still felt the need to prepare my son that he might not be able to attend. I had explained that it depended on the generous donations of complete strangers who wanted him to enjoy marine science...When I received confirmation that my child was gifted a full scholarship I felt overjoyed and relieved...I can not and will not ever be able to thank the MSI supporters enough for making it possible for my child to learn and experience (come home smelling like a creature from the bay) marine camp. Thank you!!!!”