Scholarships awarded for marine industry study

MANASQUAN, N.J. – The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation awarded three scholarships to students pursuing careers in the marine industry, the organization said in a statement yesterday.

The MTA/NJ Foundation was established in part to raise funds for a scholarship program to encourage education in the marine trades field. The MTA/NJ Foundation raised $2,000 during the first year and awarded scholarships to two students.

The foundation awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Robert Richman, Jr. of Cape May, N.J. Robert graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School. While enrolled in high school, Richman attended the marine mechanics program at the Cape May Vo-Tech for two years. This scholarship will help Robert attend the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fla., to pursue a career as a marine mechanic.

Kevin Carswell of Toms River, N.J., received a $500 scholarship from the foundation. Carswell attended Ocean County Vocational-Technical School in Toms River and was recognized as Student of the Month in the Marine Trades Program. Carswell will also be attending the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando this fall.

In addition to MTA/NJ’s scholarships, Pennco Tech School, in Blackwood, N.J., sponsored a $15,000 scholarship for a student interested in their Marine or Marine Diesel Technician Programs. Frank Pierce of Browns Mills, N.J., received the full scholarship. Pierce graduated from Pemberton Township High School where he received the Cooperative Industrial Education Excellence Award. He plans on attending Pennco Tech to pursue a degree in Marine Technology and later further his education so that one day he may own a marina.

“These three young men demonstrated their dedication to the future of the marine trades industry by incorporating studies of this field into their high school academics,” said Melissa Danko, MTA/NJ executive director. “We congratulate them all for their efforts and wish them the best of luck.”

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