New Jersey trade group awards student scholarships

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The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation awarded scholarships to outstanding students pursuing careers in the marine industry.

The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and, most recently, to raise funds for a new scholarship to encourage education in the marine trades field.

This is the third year the association has been able to award scholarships to deserving students.

A $1,500 scholarship was awarded to Adam Blood of Forked River, N.J. He plans to attend The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and hopes to someday run his family’s business, Blood Marine Services in Lanoka Harbor.

The MTA/NJ also awarded two outstanding-student awards for the purchase of tools for the trade. Ryan Messina from the Ocean County Vocational School and John Carroll from the Monmouth County Vocational School were the two recipients of the awards.

In addition to MTA/NJ’s scholarships, Pennco Tech School, in Blackwood, N.J., sponsored a $15,000 scholarship to a student interested in its marine or marine diesel technician programs.

The recipient of the Pennco Tech scholarship was Michael Prettyman of North Cape May, N.J. He graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School and plans on attending Pennco Tech to pursue a degree in marine technology.

“All of these young men have demonstrated their dedication to the future of the marine trades industry by incorporating studies of this field into their high school academics.” said MTA/NJ executive director, Melissa Danko in a statement.

For information about the MTA/NJ Foundation, contact the MTA/NJ offices at (732) 292-1051 or e-mail info@mtanj.org.

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