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New Jersey trade group hands out scholarship

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation announced the winner of its $1,500 educational scholarship.

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation announced the winner of its $1,500 educational scholarship.

The 2016 MTA/NJ Family Scholarship was awarded to Rachael Castellini of Bridgeton, N.J.

The trade group said the scholarship is open to its members' children and their employees' children and can be applied to any higher education program. Since 2006 the MTA/NJ Foundation has awarded nearly $20,000 to students.

Castellini will begin her senior year at Kansas State University this fall, where she studies psychology and mass communications. Her father is the owner of Island Marine Center in Ocean View, N.J.

"We are happy to be able to offer this opportunity to give back to our members, their children and employees and help offset the costs of higher education," MTA/NJ executive director Melissa Danko said in a statement. "We are very thankful to all of our supporters that have helped make this scholarship possible. We look forward to seeing it grow and more students like Rachael achieve their educational and career goals."

The Automotive Training Center in Warminster, Pa., sponsored a half-scholarship to its marine technician program. The recipient is Jacob Yeager, of Ortley Beach, N.J.

Yeager is graduating from Toms River High School East and Ocean County Vocational Technical School, Toms River Center, N.J. He plans to pursue a career in the marine field and hopes to eventually open a marine mechanic shop in Ortley Beach.

The MTA/NJ gave an outstanding student award for the purchase of tools for the trade to Sam Hutchison of the Ocean County (N.J.) Vocational Technical School.

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