The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 14 students interested in marine industry careers.
Developed in 1984 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, RBIEF awards scholarship based on the interest the applicant displays to the industry, their academic achievement and financial need. In addition to the monetary aid, the foundation coordinates placement for students with MBIA members for work-study during the summer months.
"There are many interesting and challenging jobs within the boating industry and we are passionate about educating students about our industry," said RBIEF chairman John Hatfield, of Howe Interlakes Marine in Indian River, in a statement.
RBIEF also has a Web site and a boating management course at Michigan State University.