IYRS to Offer Six New Scholarships

If you’ve always had a passion for restoration and boat building, you’ll be happy to hear that IYRS is making it a little bit easier for six dedicated people to follow their dreams with new scholarships.

The opportunities are expected to draw a large field of applicants to the school’s full-time programs beginning this fall. Two of the opportunities—the IYRS Craftsmanship Scholarship and the Marine Systems Scholarship—will cover 50 percent of the awarded student’s tuition.

In recent years, the school has placed a strong emphasis on building scholarship funding, and in 2011 IYRS set an ambitious goal of raising $4 million for scholarships during the 2011–2015 period.

“These scholarships are the direct result of the generosity of our supporters and their belief in our school, our students, and the high-quality industry training we offer,” said Terry Nathan, president of IYRS. “This funding enables us to attract the best and the brightest to our programs—and to in turn prepare those individuals to become valuable members of the marine industry.” Even in a down economy, IYRS students in the Class of 2011 had an 85-percent job placement rate at graduation time.

IYRS offers three full-time programs in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, and Composites Technology. Below is a listing of scholarship opportunities for students planning to enter the school’s programs in Fall 2012. The early application deadline is March 31, 2012.

IYRS Craftsmanship Scholarship: This new scholarship will cover 50 percent of a student’s tuition; students entering the Composites Technology Program or the first year of the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program are eligible.

Marine Systems Scholarship: This new scholarship will cover 50 percent of tuition for a student entering the Marine Systems Program.

Van Beuren Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Fine Craftsmanship: A total of $5,000 will be awarded to a student who is a Rhode Island resident.

Marine Trades Scholarship for Women: A total of $5,000 will be awarded to a female student pursuing an education in the marine trades. Special consideration will be given to women who are entering or changing careers to the marine trades and have shown interest in the field through professional or personal pursuits.

Hope Goddard Iselin Fund: This scholarship is awarded to female students in their first year in any of the IYRS full-time programs.

Joyce Selig Fund: Awarded to second-year students in the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program.

Individuals interested in learning more about these scholarship opportunities can visit www.iyrs.org for a scholarship application or contact the school’s Admissions Department (401-848-5777 x205 / admissions@iyrs.org).

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