|MRAA Awards & Scholarships
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is committed to the
continued health of the
marine industry, as well as providing education and support to all of
its members. Through this mission, the MRAA has created a number of
scholarships to financially assist the professional development of
those in the marine industry and has also set up an educational
foundation to ensure this initiative continues to grow and prosper. The MRAA Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation,
was founded in 2004 to provide financial support for education, training
and professional development in the recreational marine trades. MRAA and the MRAA
Educational Foundation are dedicated to the growth of the recreational
marine industry through workforce development. The MRAA offers three different educational scholarships.
Additionally, the MRAA presents, annually, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.
This honor, presented to an outstanding woman who is actively involved
in the marine industry, presents the recipient with an honorarium from
the Darlene Briggs Foundation to be used toward her continuing
The ABYC Scholarship offers members a chance to attend one of eight
American Boat & Yacht Council training and certification courses.
The Kevin Lodder Scholarship covers the tuition and provides a
travel stipend for the recipient to attend Spader Business Management's Total Management Workshop.
MRAA's Technical Scholarships
are awarded to a state or regional marine trades association to offer
financial assistance for technical training of dealership personnel.
The MRAA also presents several other awards each year.
- The Jerry Martin Journalism Award, given to the journalist or media outlet that best supports boating
- The Legislative Award, given to a public official that works in support of boating
- The Bill Ferguson Award
- The Irv Rosenthal Award
- The Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year Award