In June of last year, the British Columbia Branch of The Nautical Institute (NIBC) entered into an arrangement with the Vancouver Transportation Foundation (VTF) to recommend students for a VTF Scholarship. The NIBCimmediately advertised this to eligible Nautical Sciences students at the Marine Campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BMC), offering them an opportunity to apply for one of three $1,000 Scholarships. The applicant had to submit a budget for the school year; a letter describing his or her experiences and aspirations; two references, including one relating to experience at sea; plus a copy of their most recent transcript of marks.

A panel, lead by Rear Admiral Nigel Greenwood MNI, assessed the applications and submitted the names of the three successful applicants to the VTF for their approval.

On March 13th Captains Joachim Ruether MNI and David Whitaker FNI, attended the Marine Campus along with Jim Kohnke, Secretary/Treasurer of the VTF. Jim was called up to present the VTF cheques to Cadets Dylan Fowler, Phoebe Gilday and Danny Lai. This was done in front of their classmates.

Afterwards, Captain Ruether, a Master with BC Ferries, addressed the students and explained the benefits of being a member of The Nautical Institute, passing along some great advice. He then presented the first annual NIBC book award to a top student in the second year of the four-year Nautical Science program. The book, Volumes 1 & 2 of the NI publication “Mooring and Anchoring Ships”, was presented to Cadet Phoebe Gilday.

Later the three scholarship winners were asked to complete application forms for membership in The Nautical Institute. The BC Branch is covering their costs for the first year.

Captain David Whitaker, Cadets Dylan Fowler and Phoebe Gilday, Captain Joachim Ruether, Cadet Danny Lai and Jim Kohnke

The VTF is a British Columbia Non-Profit Society, founded in 1994. A part of its mandate is to provide scholarships and bursaries for the benefit of students in pursuit of post-secondary education, with emphasis on areas of studies relative to transportation.

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