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Wood Scholarship Extended for a Fourth Year!

Westlawn Receives an Additional Fourth-Year Donation from the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation

 

June 17, 2013, Annapolis, MD and Eastport, ME: The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is pleased to announce that we have received an additional fourth-year’s donation for the most substantial grant and scholarship program the school has ever offered! The original grant from the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation was to be for three years. Based on the tremendous assistance the Wood Scholarship has been for Westlawn students, the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation has extended their support for an additional year. For qualifying U.S. students, tuition will be effectively reduced to levels last seen since the early 1980s! All funds donated by the Wood Foundation for the initial 2010-through-2012 period were expended in scholarships and grants for students under the terms of the donation. We’re looking forward to assisting more students again in 2013.

 

This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation, which awarded an initial grant of $90,000, at $30,000 per year over a three year period (2010, 2011 and 2012) to provide tuition assistance for eligible Westlawn students. With the extension of the funding for an additional $30,000, Westlawn Institute will be able to continue to offer Wood Scholarships in 2013. Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis until the grant funds are expended. 

 

Jerry Wood dedicated much of his life to the support of boating and education. In fact, he established the Annapolis Sailing School in 1959, which soon became the largest commercial sailing school in the United States. With the able assistance of his wife Kathy, they went on to create the first in-the-water all-sailboat show, which revolutionized boat shows and led Kathy and Jerry to create the United States Powerboat Show—also in Annapolis—two years later. Over the years, the Wood’s businesses have employed over 3,000 young people and young adults, helping to train and mentor them to prepare to move out into the world to become well-rounded mature individuals.

 

Westlawn’s parent company is The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) based in Annapolis, MD. ABYC’s headquarters is within walking distance of the Annapolis Boat Show and is even closer to Kathy and Jerry’s former Annapolis home.

 

“The connections between Westlawn Institute, ABYC, and the history and goals of Kathy and Jerry Wood, are remarkable,” said Sallie Hamrick, President of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation. “Not only are both organizations dedicated to boating and education, but also to enhancing boating safety and to encouraging our nation’s youth to pursue the enjoyment of boating and careers in the boating industry.  We are particularly touched that Jerry and Kathy will continue to serve the boating community by helping students learn to design boats and yachts that will be joyfully used for generations to come.”

 

 “Over the three years of the original funding from the Wood Foundation, some 60 Wood Scholarships have been awarded to Westlawn students,” said Westlawn’s director, Dave Gerr. He continued, “Emails and phone calls from students, who have received the Wood Scholarship, have shown just how much students have appreciated this assistance. We can’t thank the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation enough for extending this program for a fourth year.”

 

A few excerpts from student comments on receiving their Wood Scholarship:

 

~ A scholarship can transform dreams into reality. And so it has been for me: a chance to pursue my passion and to explore lessons learned from hundreds of years of practice.

 

~ You are providing an outlet for my imagination and creativity with which I hope to be able to give something back to the world of boats that I love so much. Thank you for your kind support.

 

~ Without the aid of the Wood Scholarship, affording my Westlawn courses would have been a struggle. I enrolled in the Westlawn program right after graduating from an undergraduate program at another institute, thousands of dollars in debt to student loans. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Kathy and Jerry Wood, students like myself are able to pursue their passion and receive an education in yacht and boat design.

 

~ The door to the design studio has been unlocked by the kind gift the Woods have given to me through Westlawn.

 

For U.S. Citizens Only:

Under the terms of the funding, scholarships from the proceeds of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation grant are restricted to U.S. citizens.

 

Grants for Newly Enrolling Students:

All students, who are U.S. citizens and who meet Westlawn admission requirements, will be eligible for a $1,500 grant toward their tuition in Module 1 in the full Yacht & Boat Design Program, or toward the tuition for the Elements of Technical Boat Design course.

 

Regular tuition for one module (U.S. students, 2013) is $3,080. Students enrolling with a $1,500 Wood Foundation grant may either pay the entire tuition balance of $1,580, or they may elect to enroll under the zero-interest monthly payment plan as follows:

 

$690 initial payment followed by 10 monthly payments of $89.00 per month

 

Scholarships for Academic Achievement

GPA of 90% or Higher

Scholarships will be awarded to current students, who are U.S. citizens, who are enrolling in the next module of study at Westlawn. Students with a GPA of 90% or higher will receive a $1,500 scholarship toward the tuition of their next module, upon enrollment in that module.

 

Regular tuition for one module (U.S. students, 2013) is $3,080. Students enrolling with a $1,500 Wood Foundation grant may either pay the entire tuition balance of $1,580, or they may elect to enroll under the zero-interest monthly payment plan as follows:

 

$690 initial payment followed by 10 monthly payments of $89.00 per month

 

Scholarships for Academic Achievement

GPA between 85% and 89%

Scholarships will be awarded to current students, who are U.S. citizens, who are enrolling in the next module of study at Westlawn. Students with a GPA between 85% and 89% will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward the tuition of their next module, upon enrollment in that module.

 

Students enrolling with a $1,000 Wood-Foundation academic scholarship may either pay the balance of $2,080, or they may elect to enroll under the zero-interest monthly payment plan as follows:

 

$690 initial payment followed by 10 monthly payments of $139.00 per month

 

All tuition payment amounts and terms will be adjusted to reflect any change in tuition applicable to new enrollments.

 

Scholarships granted for academic achievement based on GPA are “Wood Scholarships,” and the recipients are known as “Wood Scholars.”

 

Scholarships and grants from funds donated by the Wood Foundation in 2013 may not be applied retroactively, and may only be awarded for enrollments received on or after June 20, 2013.

 

Students interested in taking advantage of the Wood-Foundation grants and scholarships should contact Patti Schulte, Westlawn student services coordinator at: pschulte@westlawn.edu or telephone: (207) 853-6600, ext. 41.

 

 

Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is the only nationally accredited distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States. Westlawn is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, in Washington DC, and is listed as an accredited school by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the mission of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:

·       To provide our students with the skills and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft naval architecture via distance learning.

·       To support continued growth of the recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of well-trained, safety-oriented, boat designers developing better products for the benefit of the boating public.

·       To provide continuing education to marine-industry professionals.

 

To learn more about Westlawn, please call (207) 853-6600 or visit the Westlawn website at: www.westlawn.edu.