Mark Morley Memorial Scholarship
In 2012, Meade Gougeon, founder of Gougeon Brothers Inc., announced the formation of the Mark Morley Memorial Sailing Scholarship fund to be administered by the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association (SBCSA). According to Meade Gougeon, "Mark Morley was passionate about sailing. By honoring Mark in this way, we hope that many of our area youth can experience the fun and challenges of sailing and have their enjoyment and appreciation for this sport grow as it did with Mark."
The scholarships will pay the sailing lesson fees so youth in the Saginaw Bay Region can take sailing lessons offered by the SBCSA. Applications for the scholarship are available online (www.sbcsa.org/scholarship), by writing SBCSA, P.O. Box 2122, Bay City, MI 48707, or by calling 989-922-SAIL. Applications for the current season are due on June 1 and are subject to availability of funding and class enrollment.
Mark Morley was known to "live and breathe sailing." Tragically, he died in July, 2011, as a result of a sailing accident during the Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race. Mark was instrumental in the formation of the SBCSA by helping to navigate through the labyrinth of forms and regulations required to gain the 501(c)(3) charitable status. As the Association grew, Mark was always present when equipment or other resources were needed. He fully believed in the SBCSA's mission to make sailing accessible and affordable to the community. Without his support and encouragement, many residents of the Saginaw Bay region may not have had the opportunity to experience sailing, the sport that Mark embraced through-out his life.
Gougeon Brothers, Inc., Bay City, MI, formulates and manufactures WEST SYSTEM and PRO-SET marine-grade epoxies used around the world in boat building, boat repair, architectural restoration, and even high-tech aircraft and spacecraft. Gougeon Brothers, Inc. has been located on the banks of the Saginaw River in the heart of the Great Lakes in Bay City, Michigan since they opened their doors to build iceboats in 1969. Gougeon Brothers, Inc. has been a corporate sponsor of the SBCSA since the inception of the sailing association in 1995. Learn more about Gougeon Brothers Inc. by visiting their web sites, www.gougeon.com or www.westsytem.com.
The SBCSA was created in 1995 by a group of local sailors to teach youth and adults the basics of sailing, to try sailing without having to own a boat, and to provide opportunities to continue sailing as their skills grew. Primarily a volunteer run organization, a team of dedicated members, volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors have allowed the program to grow and flourish. Hundreds of students, youth and adults, have gone through the SBCSA sail training programs and they continue to sail through the SBCSA’s Open Sail-ing and Independent Sailing programs, or they have gone on to sail their own adventures.
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