Michigan-based Tiara Yachts announced that it donated $75,000 to the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich.
“This flagship donation from the Slikkers family will transform the lives of students almost immediately, and the positive impact on the fundraising momentum for our new facility will have a positive ripple effect on the industry for many years to come,” Great Lakes Boat Building School president Nikki Storey said in a statement.
The donation provides $30,000 for two scholarships of $15,000 each, which covers nearly 70 percent of the cost of a student’s tuition. The remaining $45,000 of Tiara’s contribution supports the “Come Aboard, Launch Careers” capital campaign to expand instructional infrastructure, which would allow the school to double its annual graduation capacity to 50 students.
“Tiara is not an assembly plant; we strongly believe in what we are doing by translating our passion into building individual boats,” said Thomas Slikkers, president and CEO of S2 Yachts. “We see that passion developing in the students from the Great Lakes Boat Building School, which is why we decided to make this gift.”