Port of Hueneme, California, March 6, 2018 — The California Association of Ports (CAPA) announces the first ever California Ports Day Scholarship Contest. Ventura County high school students are encouraged to participate.

As a member of CAPA, the Port of Hueneme encourages participation in the Scholarship Contest. The contest is open to high school seniors who are currently attending a public or private high school in the State of California. Winning essays will be announced on May 22nd, 2018 and winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash scholarship to be used towards the student’s college educational costs for Fall 2018.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2018 by 5pm to info@californiaports.org

California Ports Day was celebrated on February 21st, 2018 at the State Capitol building in Sacramento, CA. The Port of Hueneme, along with the state’s 10 other public ports, are keeping the celebration going by participating in the Ports Day Scholarship Essay Contest, and encourage their local high school seniors to apply!

Oxnard Harbor District Board President Mary Anne Rooney reflected on Ports Day by saying, “We look forward to continuing this new tradition and expanding how we celebrate the day, including the launch of a scholarship essay contest for high school students. We hope students can use this as not only an opportunity to get financial support for college, but also learn about their local ports.”

Scholarship guidelines can be downloaded here:


For more information about the state’s 11 public ports visit www.californiaports.org.

Essay prompts:

  • What are Ports in California currently doing to support a cleaner environment?
  • What role do California’s Ports play in global commerce?
  • How do the Ports of California create local jobs?
  • What are the economic benefits of having 11 Ports in the State of California?
  • How can California’s Ports reduce their environmental footprint while increasing their imports/exports?

Students must review the submission requirements carefully, and submit their application packet before 5pm on April 30. For questions about the contest or submission requirements, contact info@californiaports.org.

The Port of Hueneme is one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast. The Port is governed by five locally elected Port Commissioners. The Port moves $9 billion in goods each year and consistently ranks among the top ten U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce. Port operations support the community by bringing $1.5 billion in economic activity and creating 13,633 trade-related jobs. Trade through the Port of Hueneme generates more than $93 million in direct and related state and local taxes, which fund vital community services. www.portofh.org