The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation set a goal of raising $20,000 to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine trades.
The non-profit has raised $7,400 and is looking to raise an additional $12,000 in November and December.
"As the industry has begun to recover from the recession, finding qualified employees to support their growth has been a big challenge for many marine dealers,” foundation executive director Liz Walz said in a statement. "The foundation can help by providing financial support to students who are training for careers in the boating business and dealership employees interested in furthering their education.”
During the Nov. 16-19 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., the foundation will hand out nine scholarships and awards that together represent $34,120 in technical training and professional development. They include the following programs:
• Three MRAA technical scholarships, which are awarded to marine schools that train students for careers in the marine industry
• Two ABYC scholarships, which cover the tuition for one recipient to attend the ABYC’s Introduction to Basic Marine Electric & Corrosion Protection and for another recipient to attend one of ABYC's certification courses
• The Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship, which covers the tuition for one recipient to attend Spader Business Management's Leadership Development Program
• Two Kevin Lodder Scholarships, which covers the tuition and provides a travel stipend for each recipient to attend Spader Business Management's Total Management Workshop
• The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award, which is presented to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry.