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Foundation will focus on Michigan marine scholarships

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation, established in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, is expanding its focus.

“In our efforts to advance the industry through our foundation, we have made a commitment to provide education and support to all of our members,” foundation director Jim Coburn said in a statement. “The new direction of RBIEF is expanded and will offer a wider scope of support and focuses on our members as a true member benefit.”

Specifically, the foundation’s new purpose is to offer financial assistance through full or matching tuition or registration support for the Michigan trade group’s members, members’ employees, family and students for industry education and college scholarships.

The foundation has offered tuition support for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating industry, awarding more than $340,000 to deserving students in Michigan during its 30 years of existence.

“Educational opportunities are abundant in the marine industry, and industry education … supports the growth of our industry,” MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said. “We are excited to refocus RBIEF to benefit MBIA members, their employees and their families.”

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