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NMRA names recipient of Maritime Trades Scholarship

Kaila Kotkiewicz receives her scholarship check from Robert Guerrieri of Atlantic Marketing.

Kaila Kotkiewicz receives her scholarship check from Robert Guerrieri of Atlantic Marketing.

The National Marine Representatives Association awarded this year’s $2,500 Maritime Trades Scholarship to Kaila Kotkiewicz of Sayville, N.Y.

Established in 2008, the scholarship goes to a student who is pursuing education that will lead to a career in the marine industry.

Kotkiewicz is a graduate of Sayville High School and plans to attend State University of New York Maritime College this fall. Her intended field of study is maritime operations. “I hope I can be a role model for more women to enter this industry,” Kotkiewicz said in a statement.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Kotkiewicz plans to pursue a career path that will lead to her becoming a captain. She has worked as a deckhand on the Sayville ferry since 2016.

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