IYRS offers six new scholarships

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New scholarship opportunities at the International Yacht Restoration School are expected to draw a large field of applicants to its full-time programs, beginning this fall, school officials say.

Two of these opportunities — the IYRS Craftsmanship Scholarship and the Marine Systems Scholarship — will cover 50 percent of the awarded student’s tuition.

“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,” school president Terry Nathan said in a statement. “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, school officials noted.

Below is a list of scholarship opportunities for students who plan to enter the school’s programs in the fall. The early application deadline is March 31.

• 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 and 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 who is 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 full-time IYRS program.

        • Joyce Selig Fund: Awarded to second-year students in the boatbuilding and restoration program.

        For a scholarship application or to contact the school’s admissions department, call (401) 848-5777, Ext. 205, or e-mail admissions@iyrs.org.