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Island Packet Yachts Sponsors Scholarship for Westlawn Students

Top Boatbuilder Provides Funding to Assist Westlawn Students



September 4, 2007, Annapolis, MD:  The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is pleased to announce that Island Packet Yachts has funded a new scholarship for current Westlawn students.  Having also sponsored the Westlawn/Cruising World design competition, Island Packet’s president, Bob Johnson, has offered additional support for Westlawn students to help speed them along in their studies.


The Island Packet Scholarship will be awarded to all Westlawn students who move on to enroll in Module 2 of the four-module Yacht Design Program.  Students moving from Yacht Design Lite into Module 2 also qualify.  Students will receive $250 when they enroll in Module 2, and must have maintained an 85% grade-point average or higher.  The scholarship becomes available for students enrolling after September 1, 2007.  It cannot be applied retroactively.  The Island Packet Scholarship will remain available to all qualifying Westlawn students, until the sponsorship funds are expended.


Bob Johnson, of Island Packet said, “We really look forward to being able to assist Westlawn students who are doing well in the course. Having had a Westlawn graduate on our design team for many years, we know how important it is to encourage students to stick with their work and continue on to get their Westlawn diploma.”


Island Packet’s generous support for Westlawn students is invaluable,” stated Westlawn director Dave Gerr. “This kind of encouragement and additional recognition from the industry, makes a huge difference.”  


Students wanting more information on the Island Packet Scholarship, should contact Westlawn student services coordinator, Patti Schulte, email: [email protected].



Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is the only nationally accredited and state-certified distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States. 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.

■ 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.

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