Release Date: May 6, 2013
Contact: Ardi Kveven, Executive Director of the Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), 425-267-0156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two EvCC Ocean Research College Academy Students Earn Scholarships
ORCA students Mallory Suggs (left) and Stefan Sorensen (right) celebrate with Youth Maritime Training Association president Gary Stauffer after earning YMTA scholarships.
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy students Mallory Suggs of Monroe and Stefan Sorensen of Lake Stevens have earned scholarships from the Youth Maritime Training Association.
Suggs, who is a student at Monroe High School and ORCA, earned a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter of Council of American Master Mariners. She plans to pursue a career in marine biology and earn advanced degree in marine science. After graduation from ORCA, she will attend Western Washington University.
Sorensen, who is a student at Lake Stevens High School and ORCA, received a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Foss Maritime Co. and the $500 Pacific Maritime magazine scholarship sponsored by RH Philips Publishing Group.
He works on the Hat Island ferry and was recently promoted to first mate, where he played an active role in their annual Coast Guard inspection. After graduating from ORCA, he’ll enter the California Maritime Academy to major in marine transportation with the goal of being the captain of a larger ferry or an ocean-going tug.
The Youth Maritime Training Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 by representatives of maritime employers, labor organizations and the education community to serve the youth of Washington state by expanding their awareness of the career opportunities available in the marine trades and professions, and to facilitate training and education opportunities for them. Visit ymta.net to learn more.
EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy is the only early college in the nation that uses the local marine environment as the interdisciplinary connection to critical analysis in all disciplines. Up to 50 students are accepted into the program each year.
Using an innovative, project-based approach in a learning community format, high school students earn up to two years of college credit while attending ORCA classes full-time at EvCC.
ORCA is sponsored by Everett Community College and was initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
For more information, contact ORCA Director Ardi Kveven at 425-267-0156.