SANDY HOOK–The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) has opened its search for applicants for the 2012 Stew Tweed Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarships. Now in its fifth year, the scholarship program was established in memory of Stew Tweed, a twenty-seven-year veteran of the New Jersey Sea Grant Marine Extension Service, who passed away in early 2007. The application deadline for this year’s scholarships is March 30, 2012.
The scholarship program has become increasingly competitive and attracts applicants from all over New Jersey. Graduating high school seniors as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level students with an interest in pursuing studies, research or a career focused in fisheries or aquaculture are eligible. The scholarship program awards $1,000 to a graduating New Jersey high school senior. Undergraduate/graduate students who are New Jersey residents but who may or may not be studying out of state are awarded $1,500. The scholarships are traditionally presented by Congressman Frank Pallone (6th District) at Ocean Fun Days, NJSGC’s annual late spring outreach event at Sandy Hook.
“It’s so gratifying to see the continuing interest and growing support for this scholarship” noted NJSGC Communications Director Kim Kosko, who worked with Tweed for nearly two decades. “Response from the commercial fishing communities and public particularly in the southern New Jersey and Delaware Bay areas where Stew’s work continues to have an impact on fisheries and aquaculture and marine education has enabled the scholarship program to perpetuate and grow.”
Scholarship applicants can download the application forms and anyone interested in supporting the scholarship project can visit the Consortium’s web site or go directly to StewTweed.org
The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. For more information about NJSGC, visit njseagrant.org.
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