Marinas International presents two scholarships in cooperation with two statewide marina associations

Marinas International
November 29, 2012
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Press Release

November 28, 2012, Houston, TX – Two high school seniors from Kentucky and Tennessee recently received inaugural $1000 college scholarships funded by Marinas International and co-sponsored and promoted by their respective state marina associations. The presentations were made at the joint marina associations statewide annual conference earlier this month.

The inaugural “Gary Sharp Memorial Scholarship,” named in honor of former Kentucky Marina Association Board Member and Marinas International Manager Gary Sharp who passed away in 2009, was presented to Griffin D. Donaldson of Eddyville, KY.  Donaldson, a dockhand at Eddy Creek Marina the past two years, plans to attend Murray State University and major in elementary education/special education.

The “Reece Nash Scholarship,” named in honor of former Tennessee Marina Association Board Member Reece Nash, also deceased, was won by Logan A. Smith of Bristol, Tennessee. Smith, a dockhand at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club in Bristol, plans to attend East Tennessee State University and study computer engineering.

“The board of directors of both the Kentucky and Tennessee marina associations and Marinas International are very pleased to establish and present these annual scholarships to deserving students,” said Marinas International Vice President Mark Stafford, who envisioned and championed the scholarship program. “We were very pleased with our associations’ first year efforts, as well as with the quality and caliber of candidates. We are pleased to give back to our respective communities and to recognize the achievements of outstanding young people in these markets.”

The scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Candidates must either be an immediate family member (child or spouse) of the statewide marina association, or must be an immediate family member of an individual currently employed by a member in good standing of the respective association. Candidates are also judged on good work ethics, school attendance, civic and extracurricular activities and leadership skills; candidates each submitted 500-word essays detailing their interest in the marine industry.

“We look forward to continuing to build upon these programs and continuing our efforts to help support the educational programs for deserving students associated with our marina families,” said Stafford.

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