New England Marine Trades and Technology School Announces New Scholarship Opportunities

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IYRS, a marine trades and technology school based in Rhode Island, announces new scholarship opportunities. The school is located in a state with over 400 miles of coastline and a high concentration of companies involved in boat building and the marine trades. Even in a down economy, IYRS students in the Class of 2011 had an 85-percent job placement rate at graduation time.

“These scholarships are the direct result of the generosity of our supporters and their belief in our school, our students, and the high-quality industry training we offer.” ---Terry Nathan, IYRS President

IYRS, a marine trades and technology school based in Rhode Island, has announced new scholarship opportunities that are expected to draw a large field of applicants to the school’s full-time programs beginning this fall. Two of these opportunities—the IYRS Craftsmanship Scholarship and the Marine Systems Scholarship—will cover 50 percent of the awarded student’s tuition.

With campuses in Newport and Bristol, the school is located in a state with over 400 miles of coastline and a high concentration of companies involved in boat building and the marine trades. The school has placed a strong emphasis on building scholarship funding and in 2011 set an ambitious goal of raising $4 million for scholarships during the 2011–2015 period.

“These scholarships are the direct result of the generosity of our supporters and their belief in our school, our students, and the high-quality industry training we offer,” said Terry Nathan, president of IYRS. “This funding enables us to attract the best and the brightest to our programs—and to in turn prepare those individuals to become valuable members of the marine industry.” Even in a down economy, IYRS students in the Class of 2011 had an 85-percent job placement rate at graduation time.

Below is a listing of scholarship opportunities for students planning to enter the school’s programs in Fall 2012. The early application deadline is March 31, 2012.

IYRS Craftsmanship Scholarship: This new scholarship will cover 50 percent of a student’s tuition; students entering the Composites Technology Program or the first year of the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program are eligible.

Marine Systems Scholarship: This new scholarship will cover 50 percent of tuition for a student entering the Marine Systems Program.

Van Beuren Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Fine Craftsmanship: A total of $5,000 will be awarded to a student who is a Rhode Island resident.

Marine Trades Scholarship for Women: A total of $5,000 will be awarded to a female student pursuing an education in the marine trades. Special consideration will be given to women who are entering or changing careers to the marine trades and have shown interest in the field through professional or personal pursuits.

Hope Goddard Iselin Fund: This scholarship is awarded to female students in their first year in any of the IYRS full-time programs.

Joyce Selig Fund: Awarded to second-year students in the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program.

The school offers three full-time programs in Marine Systems, where students learn to install, troubleshoot and maintain the onboard systems used on modern and classic boats; in Composites Technology, where students learn both hands-on skills and the theory behind fast-evolving composites technology used in industries such as boat building, wind energy, aerospace, and transportation; and in Boatbuilding & Restoration, where students learn to build and restore classic wooden boats that were built as long as a century ago.

Individuals interested in learning more about IYRS scholarship opportunities can visit http://www.iyrs.org for a scholarship application or contact the school’s Admissions Department (401-848-5777 x205 / admissions(at)iyrs(dot)org).

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