The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation grants $6,800 to 10 Michigan students interested in marine industry careers
July 3, 2012
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Livonia, MI, July 2, 2012 – The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) awarded $6,800 in scholarship funds to 10 students for the 2012/2013 school year. The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1984 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) as a support program for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating industry. Scholarships are awarded based upon the value the applicant displays to the industry, academic achievement and financial need. With this granting, the fund will have distributed $339,396 to deserving students.
“There are many interesting and challenging jobs within the boating industry and we are passionate about educating students about our industry,” said RBIEF Chairman John Hatfield of Howe Interlakes Marine in Indian River. “All industries can benefit from bright young minds and the perspectives of our younger generations.” RBIEF has information on the MBIA website under programs on mbia.org.
2012 RBIEF scholarship recipients:
- Katherine Apling, Hudson
- Gwendolyn Bleich, Chesterfield
- Jacob Carney, Traverse City
- Kristine Coburn, Macomb
- Alyssa Giles, Grosse Ile
- Jordan Haag, New Baltimore
- Jared Luellen, Portland
- Erin McMachen, Chesterfield
- Derek Sentieri, Bellaire
- Jason Surface, Traverse City
The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a state-wide, non-profit organization representing nearly 300 marine businesses in Michigan. The boating industry in Michigan represents a $3.9 billion economic impact in Michigan, more than 758 marinas, 460 marine dealers and more than 51,000 jobs. For more information go to www.mbia.org.