Lake Erie trade group hands out scholarships

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Eighteen northern Ohio high school graduates and college students will receive college scholarships this year from the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association Education Foundation.

The awards range from $500 to $1,000, and the grants total $13,600.

The number of recipients is the largest since the LEMTA Educational Trust was formed in 1998. LEMTA has awarded more than $144,000 in scholarships.

Applications are accepted each spring from area high school seniors and students enrolled in college undergraduate programs. The 2014 selection committee included chairman Jim Stouffer (Catawba Island Club, Port Clinton); Bill Schaeffer (Beaver Park Marina, Lorain); and Bill Huffman (of the law firm Huffman, Isaac & Klym).

“We’re proud that for 16 years we’ve been able to assist students pursuing a higher education,” LEMTA chairman John Clemons said in a statement. “While we hope to provide help to those indicating a desire to enter the boating field, our annual scholarships are open and awarded to students of all academic pursuits.”

Foundation funds are raised from LEMTA’s annual Norm Schultz Golf Classic, as well as special programs that include a wine-tasting gala sponsored by Firelands Winery of Sandusky, Ohio, and a craft beer event hosted by Great Lakes Brewing Co., of Cleveland.