Applicants sought for ABYC scholarships

MINNEAPOLIS — The MRAA Educational Foundation has renewed its partnership with the American Boat & Yacht Council to offer two scholarship programs, for which they are currently seeking applications.

The Basic Scholarship provides the recipient complimentary access to ABYC’s Introduction to Basic Marine Electrical & Corrosion Mitigation, a four-day course for newcomers to marine electricity that provides students with the information to get started in this area of marine service. It is valued at $985.

The Advanced Scholarship grants the recipient the ability to gain complimentary access to one of ABYC’s Marine Certifications, which include Marine Systems, Marine Electrical, Marine Corrosion, ABYC Standards Knowledge, Marine Diesel Engines, Marine Gasoline Engines, Marine Composites and Marine A/C-Refrigeration Certification. These also are four-day courses, valued at up to $1,170 each.

“Whether you’re just getting started in marine service or you’re an experienced technician, ABYC training and certification can help you take your career and your dealership to the next level,” says John Adey, ABYC president. “With the new skills you’ll take away from our courses, you’ll be able to improve your service department’s customer satisfaction, profitability and professionalism.”

The ABYC Scholarships were founded to offer financial assistance for technical training and certification of dealership personnel.

“If we’re going to make a dent in the marine technician shortage, we need to offer today’s service department employees the continuing education to build a career in this industry,” says Liz Walz, MRAA Educational Foundation executive director. “We truly are grateful for the training opportunities provided by these ABYC Scholarships, as they allow recipients to build a brighter future in the boating business, which not only benefits the dealership, but also the industry at large.”

Employees of MRAA Retail Members are eligible to apply for the ABYC Basic and Advanced scholarships. The 2015 recipients will be announced at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, taking place Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.

For more information and to apply, visit the ABYC Scholarships web page by clicking here. The deadline for applications is Oct. 23. Please contact Liz Walz with any questions at 315-692-4533 or

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