Two high school seniors from Kentucky and Tennessee recently received inaugural $1,000 college scholarships funded by Marinas International and co-sponsored and promoted by their respective state marina associations.
The inaugural Gary Sharp Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of Sharp, a former Kentucky Marina Association board member and Marinas International manager who died in 2009, was presented to Griffin D. Donaldson of Eddyville, Ky.
Donaldson, a dockhand at Eddy Creek Marina for the last two years, plans to attend Murray State University and major in elementary education/special education.
The Reece Nash Scholarship, named in honor of former Tennessee Marina Association board member Reece Nash, also deceased, was won by Logan A. Smith of Bristol, Tenn. Smith, a dockhand at the Laurel Marina & Yacht Club in Bristol, plans to attend East Tennessee State University and study computer engineering.
“The board of directors of both the Kentucky and Tennessee marina associations and Marinas International are very pleased to establish and present these annual scholarships to deserving students,” Marinas International vice president Mark Stafford, who envisioned and championed the scholarship program, said in a statement.
“We were very pleased with our associations’ first-year efforts, as well as with the quality and caliber of candidates. We are pleased to give back to our respective communities and to recognize the achievements of outstanding young people in these markets.”
The scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Candidates must either be an immediate family member (child or spouse) of the statewide marina association or must be an immediate family member of an individual currently employed by a member in good standing of the respective association.
Candidates also are judged on their work ethics, school attendance, civic and extracurricular activities and leadership skills; they submitted 500-word essays detailing their interest in the marine industry.