Yacht Club awards scholarships

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Six individuals interested in pursuing training and education in the marine sciences/trades were recently awarded scholarships by the Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Angela Hewitson of Port Townsend received a $1,450 scholarship to continue her vocational training leading to an accredited degree in October 2017 at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, according to a press release from the club. Hewitson, who has crewed aboard a Seattle-based seiner, hopes to work in historic vessel preservation projects that highlight the importance of cultural conservation.

Brenna Hildebrand-Latchford of Port Townsend received a $1,000 scholarship to enable her to take part in Compass Courses’ maritime training to continue her progress in the maritime trades at sea.

Jakob Magus, a teacher in the Quilcene School District, received a $1,450 scholarship to begin his vocational training in the unlicensed mariner program at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (formerly the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship) in Piney Point, Maryland, the largest training facility for merchant seafarers and inland waterways boat operators in the United States, according to the release.

Rick Myers, a student at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock received a $1,450 scholarship to continue his vocational training at the school, which would lead to an accredited degree in contemporary wooden boatbuilding in October 2017. Myers hopes to work in the Port of Port Townsend shipyard while gaining additional experience in the trades.

Ursula Swantner of Port Townsend received a $700 scholarship to learn the craft of marine canvas fabrication.

Riley Gabriel of Bellingham received a $1,450 scholarship to begin her vocational training in boatbuilding at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Training would lead to an accredited degree in October 2017.

Since the club’s scholarship fund was established in 1990, it has raised money for scholarships primarily through the fall garage sale of marine items, set this year for Oct. 14, and from donations made to the scholarship fund by members and the general public.

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