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WOODEN BOATBUILDING STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP
The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented a $500 scholarship to Lennard Noller of Hillsboro, Oregon. The annual award is given to an outstanding student pursuing education in the marine trades.
Noller is attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington, with an emphasis on traditional large craft. The school teaches boatbuilding skills and develops the individual as a craftsman to enter the workforce as a boatwright.
Noller has a deep connection with his chosen building material. "Wood is an incredible resource, both for its durability and sustainability," he said. "I believe its relationship with the maritime industry will continue to grow over the period of my life."
A born voyager, Noller spent three years out of high school sailing tall ships, global traveling, and working on boat restoration projects in the Netherlands and Pacific Northwest as a rigger. He used the award to purchase some of the tools required to complete his studies.
Founded in 1960, NMRA is a national organization serving marine industry independent sales reps and the manufacturers who sell through reps. It functions as an industry voice, networking tool and information source, promoting the benefits of utilizing independent sales reps.