MTA/NJ announces 2018 scholarships and awards

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The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey has named the winners of its 2018 scholarships and educational awards. Since 2006, the MTA/NJ Education Foundation has awarded nearly $25,000 to students and provided more than $10,000 towards marine education and training.

The 2018 $1,500 MTA/NJ Family Scholarship went to Thomas Beaton of Brielle, N.J., whose family owns David Beaton & Sons Boat Yard in Brick. Thomas will attend Providence College in Rhode Island this fall and plans to study business management and economics.

In addition to the Family Scholarship, the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, Pa., sponsored a half scholarship to its Marine Technical Program that the MTA/NJ administers. The recipient of the scholarship was Royal Parks of Bayville who is graduating from Central Regional High School and Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River Center.

The MTA/NJ also presented an outstanding student award for the purchase of tools for the trade to Robert Ziegenfuss from Ocean County Vocational Technical School. He is graduating from the two-year marine-trades program with an average grade of 93. Ziegenfuss participated in a state marine service technology contest and won a silver medal and a $5,000 scholarship to attend Marine Mechanics Institute in Florida.

In addition to the scholarships, the MTA/NJ Foundation says it is working to address workforce issues through training reimbursements, certification courses and education and training in the classroom and on the job for members and employees. The foundation has provided more than $10,000 for training since 2014.

“We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has contributed to and continues to support the MTA/NJ Education Foundation,” said MTA/NJ executive director Melissa Danko in a statement. “Through the foundation, we are able to give back to and help our members by providing scholarships and student awards as well as funding education, training and certifications to expand our workforce. We look forward to growing the foundation even more to be able to further support the boating industry in New Jersey.”