Six students awarded Norm Manly PSM/YMTA maritime scholarships

Recipients of the 2015 Norm Manly PSM/YMTA Maritime Educational Scholarship
(SEATTLE) — The 11th annual Norm Manly PSM/YMTA (Youth Maritime Training Association) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Compass Course Maritime Training. YMTA is very proud to announce the six Washington State High School seniors awarded the 2015 YMTA scholarships.

From left to right: Bethany Shimasaki from Des Moines and attended Seattle Christian School, volunteers at Seattle Aquarium, and is planning to attend the University of California San Diego, majoring in marine science received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc.
Rosie Wilcox from Chimacum Pi Program, Chimacum School District with experience at the Community Boat Program is planning to attend NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock received the$1,000 scholarship sponsored by John and Anita Crawford & PSM (Puget Sound Maritime) as well as the $500 Pacific Maritime Magazine Scholarship sponsored by RH Philips Publishing Group.
Donald Lay from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall is planning to attend CMA in marine engineering received the $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Foss Maritime Company
Connor Vincent  from Stadium High School in Tacoma and  previously with the Tacoma SSS Odyssey, is also planning to attend CMA in mechanical engineering received the$1,500 scholarship sponsored byCompass Courses Maritime Training
Christine Kimball from Kent attended Puget Sound Skill Center Marine Science and Technology program and apprenticed at Center for Wooden Boats’ Job Skills Program plans to attend Seattle Maritime Academy’s Marine Engineering Program as well as CMA majoring in Marine Transportation received the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc.
Alyssa Scott from ORCA and Lake Stevens High School is planning to attend WWU majoring in marine and environmental sciences or the UW majoring in marine biology received the $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter of Council of American Master Mariners.
All six recipients have demonstrated strong leader skills and are model students with a passion for working on boats and marine sciences. Each student gave a talk in front of a panel of judges from the maritime community, our Scholarship Committee, teachers, and family members. Their presentations addressed “Charting a Maritime Career” and provided a window of the pathway to their future marine careers.
We thank the sponsors for their generous and ongoing support of this event; RH Philips Publishing Group,Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter of Council of American Master Mariners, Foss Maritime Company, Compass Courses Maritime Training, Ocean Peace, Inc., John and Anita Crawford, as well as our judges; Captain John Clary from NOAA, Captain Richard J. Klein from the Council of American Master Mariners, Scott Merritt from Foss Maritime and Connie Buhl from the Virginia V Foundation for serving on our Panel of Judges. We also thank Compass Courses Maritime Training for hosting the final event of our Scholarship competition.
About PSM / YMTA:
January 1, 2015 PSM (Puget Sound Maritime) assimilated YMTA into its organization to further and expand its education outreach and support of maritime training and education. YMTA, a non-profit organization chartered Washington State in 1996,  was formed by representatives of maritime employers, labor organizations and the education community to serve the youth of Washington State by expanding their awareness of the career opportunities available in the marine trades and professions, and to facilitate training and education opportunities for them. YMTA supports students pursuing a wide-range of marine-related training or education. YMTA is governed by an elected Board of Executive Directors and Advisory Boards with representatives from all sectors of the maritime community (private industry, government agencies, nonprofits, and higher education), all serving as volunteers.
For further information, contact Frank Immel PSM President,, 206-571-4951.

By Professional Mariner Staff