Scholarship recipient Ally Snead

Eastport Yacht Club Awards $20K in Marine Scholarships

A group of promising young people, passionate about the water and boating, will get $20,000 in scholarships for marine and maritime education.

The Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) Foundation awarded funds to eight returning scholarship winners, studying everything from naval architecture and engineering to marine biology to a “mate of tugs” credential program.

The foundation also announced two new winners, STEM students from the Annapolis area, who are both actively contributing to the Bay region.

Scholarship recipient John Donnelly

John Donnelly, a rising junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, is working for his tug endorsement and gained sea time this summer, interning at Wilmington Tugs. He previously worked at Hartge Yacht Harbor under the Marine Trades Association of Maryland’s on-the-job training program. He has also been a dockhand for the Annapolis Harbor Master.

Ally Snead, who is headed off to the University of Connecticut to study environmental engineering, has already been a key part of the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster recovery efforts. She helped evaluate care guidelines for the Maryland Grow Oysters program and worked with the scientists at Horn Point Lab in Cambridge. A sailor at Indian Creek School, she’ll continue her education with an eye for the health of the Bay.

To learn more about the EYC Foundation’s Marine & Maritime Scholarship program, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano