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The Westlawn School of Yacht Design

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Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
c/o Mystic Seaport
PO Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355
Phone: (860) 572-7900
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The Westlawn School of Yacht Design has announced that it has received a contribution from the Taylor Made Group, a leading producer of marine hardware, windshield systems, air conditioning systems, refrigeration equipment and other accessories. The new funding has been earmarked as an addition to a Westlawn scholarship fund recently established by employees of the SeaLand Product Group, division of Dometic Corporation.

Chairman Jim Taylor of the Taylor Made Group, formerly the parent company of SeaLand, made the contribution in memory of his father, Willard (Bill) Taylor, in whose name the original SeaLand fund was established. The gift, according to Mr. Taylor, recognizes Westlawn's service as a resource of skilled marine designers, fundamental to the sustained growth of recreational boating. "We in the industry appreciate the work that you do," Mr. Taylor said in a letter to former Westlawn President James Backus.

New Westlawn director Dave Gerr hailed the additional funding as an expression of growing industry support for both the school and the academic achievement of its students. "This kind of participation essentially is an investment in the future of the marine industry," he said, "in that it enables us to attract and retain more of the most talented, motivated students as they strive to become leading design innovators."

Mr. Gerr noted that many students currently enrolled in Westlawn programs already have established careers in the industry. "Their efforts to grow professionally merit the support of everyone in the pleasure boat business," he said. "SeaLand employees and the Taylor Made Group have been among the first to recognize their dedication, and to encourage excellence through their material support."

Scholarships will be granted to Westlawn students based on academic achievement, quality of work and faculty recommendation.

Located in Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, the Westlawn School of Yacht Design offers specialized education to students throughout North America and worldwide. The school, an affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council, is approved by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, and accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council.