SHBP Announces 2012 Scholarship Program

November 2011

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Seafarers and dependents who are interested in furthering their education but need financial assistance should explore the scholarship opportunities being offered by the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP).


Click here for an application request form.


The SHBP each year offers scholarships to qualified Seafarers and dependents who are hoping to continue their education. Designed to ease the financial challenges associated with college and vocational studies, the 2012 SHBP Scholarship Program will offer eight awards totaling $132,000. Three scholarships will be designated for Seafarers and five will be targeted for spouses and dependents. One of the endowments reserved for Seafarers totals $20,000 and is intended to help defray the costs associated with attending a four-year, college-level course of study. The remaining two are in the amount of $6,000 each and are designed as two-year awards for study at a postsecondary vocational school or community college. Each of the five scholarships for spouses and dependents is for $20,000.

Now is an ideal time to begin the application process. The first step is to send for the 2012 SHBP Scholarship Program booklet. The package contains eligibility information, procedures for applying for the scholarships and an application form. To obtain a copy of this handout, simply complete the form which appears below and return it to the address provided. As an alternative to requesting a package through the mail, they also are available at SIU halls.

Once the scholarship booklet has been received, applicants should check the eligibility criteria to determine if they are eligible to participate. They should also begin collecting and assembling the remainder of the paperwork needed to submit with the full application, which must be received by April 15, 2012.

Items that need to be incorporated in the final application package include transcripts and certificates of graduation. Since some institutions respond slowly in handling transcript needs, requests should be made as early as possible. Letters of recommendation – solicited from individuals who know the applicant’s character, personality and career goals – should be included as part of the application package. A high-quality photograph and a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate are also required and should accompany the package.

A scholarship selection committee, consisting of a panel of professional educators, will examine the high school grades of all applicants as well as evaluate scores from their Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and American College Tests (ACT). Accordingly, arrangements should be made by applicants who have not done so to take these tests no later than February 2012. Doing so will virtually assure that the results reach the evaluation committee in time for review.

Seafarers and dependents who previously applied for the scholarship program and were not selected are encouraged to apply again this year, provided they still meet the eligibility requirements.

Don’t allow the rapidly increasing costs of higher education prevent you from realizing your goals—the SHBP Scholarship Program can make the same difference for you that it has for years made for other Seafarers and dependents. In the last eight years alone, the SHBP has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 15 Seafarers and 45 dependents. A breakdown of these awards (by year) is as follows:

■ 2011 - Three active Seafarers and five dependents shared grants totaling $132,000. Seafarers designated to receive these awards were: AB Cleveland Foy, AB Timothy Squire Jr., and AB Judith Merwin. Dependents claiming scholarships included: Randi Isenhart, daughter of Inland Captain Randy Isenhart; Nermine Abdelwahab, daughter of AB Mohamed Abadelwahab; Hailey Grubbs, daughter of Recertified Bosun Robert Grubbs; Allison Matias, daughter of Chief Cook Efren Matias; and Gabrielle Camacho, daughter of AB Noel Camacho.

■ 2010 - $146,000 in scholarships was awarded under the SHBP’s 2010 scholarship program. Recipients included Recertified Bosun Lon Oliver; Robert Firme, son of Steward Roberto A. Firme; Alisha Wood, daughter of AB Wilbert E. Wood; Margot O’Meara, daughter of retired Inland Master James O’Meara; Eizie Giray, daughter of deep sea Bosun Rufino J. Giray; Jacob Miller, son of retired Chief Engineer Marlin Miller; Sime Masnov, son of Chief Engineer Marijan Masnov; and Molly Johnson, daughter of the late Bosun Michael Johnson.

■ 2009 – Two Seafarers and six dependents were awarded $132,000 in scholarships. Claiming these grants were: Recertified Steward Brandon Maeda; QMED Robert Oliveto; Jeffrey Monteiro, son of Deep Sea Engineer Francis Monteiro; Bethany Horner, daughter of inland Captain Arthur Horner; Matthew Taylor, son of inland Captain Rodger Taylor; Jillian Cairco, daughter of retired Deep Sea Chief Engineer Gary Jarvis; Giselle Bodden, daughter of inland AB-Tankerman Albert Bodden; and Alyssa Rothschild, daughter of inland Chief Mate Robert Rothschild.

■ 2008 – Scholarships totaling $140,000 awarded to AB Peter R. Hokenson; Brittany Redding, daughter of Chief Steward Dennis Redding; Christopher Wozunk, son of FOWT John Wozunk; Benjamin Wilmoth, son of QE Wendel Wilmoth; Albert Balatico, son of AB Albert Balatico; Xiao Xiao Li, daughter of SA Meli Seegers; and Sidney Kirk, daughter of AB Robert Kirk.

■ 2007 – $120,000 in endowments were awarded to Sarah Abdelwahab, daughter of AB Mohamed Abdelwahab; Alice Cooper, daughter of tugboat Captain James Cooper III; Nicole LaPointe, daughter of AB Robert LaPointe; Justine Lopez, daughter of Oiler Oswaldo Lopez; Marian O’Neill, daughter of QMED Guillermo O’Neill Jr.; and Jenna Stillman, daughter of AB Jerry Stillman.

■ 2006 – Gifts totaling $132,000 were bestowed upon Seafarers Rahul Bagehi, Ken Stathos, Karen Domerego, and Brian McLarnon. Dependents selected were: Renee Dunham-Jones, wife of Recertified Steward Raymond Jones; Ryan Kirby, son of deep sea member Michael Kirby; Suci Madjidji, daughter of QMED Sjamsidar Madjidji; Shaval Stewart, daughter of AB Mark Stewart; and Kayla Watson, daughter of AB/Tankerman Randy Watson.

■ 2005 –Three Seafarers and five dependents received $132,000 in funding. Seafarers selected were Chief Cook Kristen Swain, Brandon Maeda and Jeanette Montgomery. Dependents receiving scholarships were Adam Burton, son of Ross Burton; Ashleigh Coppola, daughter of Patrick L. Coppola; Stefan Nikolic, son of Desire Z. Nikolic; Anthony Sabatini, son of Anthony J. Sabatini; and Ronald Viernes, son of Leopold A. Viernes.

■ 2004 – Six individuals—one active Seafarer and five dependents—shared $106,000 in scholarship awards. Mark A. Dyer claimed the Seafarers scholarship. He was joined by dependents Mary A. Hornby, daughter of James L. Hornby; Eleanor R. Preston, daughter of Chester W. Preston; Aaron J. Gibson, son of James O. Gibson; Rafika J. Shibly, daughter of Mohammed Shibly; and Glenys I. Castro, daughter of Salome M. Castro.



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