IYRS hands out $1,500 student scholarship

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Frank Sisneroz (center) received the 2017 Designer Series Scholarship from the International Yacht Restoration School. He is shown with Andy Tyska (left), chairman of the Designer Series, and Robert Hood, son of famed yacht designer Ted Hood.

Frank Sisneroz (center) received the 2017 Designer Series Scholarship from the International Yacht Restoration School. He is shown with Andy Tyska (left), chairman of the Designer Series, and Robert Hood, son of famed yacht designer Ted Hood.

Frank Sisneroz was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Designer Series Scholarship at a reception at the International Yacht Restoration School on Nov. 1.

Sisneroz, who received the $1,500 scholarship check at the event, is a student at the IYRS in Newport, R.I.

Sisneroz developed his passion for the ocean and sailing in the early 1980s on a 10-foot windsurfer. He has since sailed and crewed on a variety of boats in southern California, including participating in three Newport to Ensenada yacht races.

“One of my goals upon graduating from IYRS is to establish a local marine electrical engineering company where I will employ, train and inspire others to be creative and follow their passions for the marine industry,” Sisneroz said in a statement. “Another dream is to volunteer in community sailing programs to help expand sailing opportunities for young sailors throughout Rhode Island.”

“It is gratifying to award this scholarship, which is meant to support those who are navigating their careers in the marine industry, which I am so passionate about,” Designer Series chairman Andy Tyska said.

“This is yet another dot that we can connect back to the designers who have affected so many lives,” he added. “The annual Designer Series was conceived as an event that honors the past achievements of our iconic yacht designers and reconnects a diverse group around their creations. This annual scholarship will help cultivate the next generation of highly accomplished yacht designers.”

The inaugural 2017 Design Series Rendezvous event honored famed yacht designer Ted Hood and took place at the Herreshoff Marine Museum from July 21-23.

The 2018 event will honor Sparkman & Stephens and will take place at Fort Adams in Newport from July 18-22 next year.

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