Yamaha names 2009 dealer scholarship recipients

KENNESAW, Ga. — The Yamaha Marine Group has announced the recipients of the 2009 Yamaha Marine Dealer Scholarship, an annual benefit for Yamaha Marine dealers and their employees.

According to Yamaha, the recipients of the 2009 Yamaha Marine Dealer Scholarships are:

— Samantha Walter, R&K Marina, Rushford, N.Y.
— Christian Powers, Westside Marine, Inc., Port Townsend, Wash.
— Samuel Grimes, Don’s Marine, Tiverton, R.I.

Samantha Walter is the daughter of Scott and Julie Walter, the owners of R&K Marina, in Rushford, N.Y. She is a 2009 graduate of Fillmore Central High where she was actively involved in the National Honor Society, the Varsity volleyball and basketball programs, and served as the Freshmen Class President of student council. Samantha is attending Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in the fall to major in business education.

Christian Powers is the son of Randy and Renita Powers, the owner of Westside Marine in Port Townsend, Wash. Christian graduated from Port Townsend High in June 2009 and is attending San Francisco State University in the fall to pursue a degree in business. Christian was involved in both the jazz band and marching band in high school and was also a member of the Rotary Interact Club.

Samuel Grimes is the son of Tom and Ann Grimes, the sales manager at Don’s Marine, Inc. in Tiverton, R.I. Samuel will be a junior at the Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. where he is studying business and finance. Samuel is currently employed at Newport Yachting Center in Newport, R.I., and hopes to pursue a career in the marine industry. Samuel maintains a wide range of extra curricular activities including intramural soccer, basketball, lacrosse, snowboarding, wakeboarding, free diving and spear fishing.

Yamaha said applicants were judged on their academic standing, leadership, community involvement and writing/communication skills. The scholarship is a one-time award given for formal post-high school study.

The Yamaha Marine Dealer Scholarship program awards annual scholarships for children of Yamaha Marine dealers, children of employees who have been with the dealer for at least two years and dealership employees under the age of 21. The scholarship requires applicants to be full-time students or have plans to become full-time students in the near future.

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