The 2020 edition of the Seafarers Health and Benefit Plan’s (SHPB) annual Scholarship Program has been postponed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but grants are scheduled to be awarded this summer.
According to Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen, the program’s deadline – which in years past was April 15 – in June was extended until July 15. She added that members of the program’s selection committee, due to concerns about COVID-19, postponed their meeting that’s usually held in May, opting instead to convene around August 14.
Despite the former delay, scholarships totaling $132,000 will still be awarded to eight individuals (three active Seafarers and five dependents) deemed most deserving by the committee. Once selected, these individuals will be awarded scholarships of $6,000 or $20,000 apiece to pursue two- and four-year degrees, respectively, at accredited community colleges, vocational schools, colleges or universities.
Award recipients will be announced in a future edition of the Seafarers LOG.