The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology today announced the most substantial grant and scholarship program in its 80-year history.
According to Westlawn director Dave Gerr, for qualifying students, the Kathy and Jerry Wood Scholarship Fund could reduce tuition rates for qualifying students to levels not seen since the early 1980s.
This program has been made possible through the support of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, which has awarded an extended grant of $90,000, at $30,000 per year over a three-year period, to provide tuition assistance for eligible Westlawn students.
Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis until the grant funds are expended for each of the three years.
"Westlawn is extremely grateful to the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation," Westlawn director Dave Gerr said in a statement. "The scholarships awarded through the Wood Foundation grant will serve as a tremendous help to our students and we are thrilled knowing that we'll be continuing the tradition that Kathy and Jerry Wood established both assisting in education, while supporting recreational boating.
"ABYC was instrumental in making the connections that resulted in the award of this grant," Gerr added. "It's a perfect example of how important it is to be part of ABYC, and of the deep commitment that ABYC has to boating education and standards."
Under the terms of the funding, scholarships from the proceeds of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation grant are restricted to U.S. residents.