GLBBS is proud to announce the Dave Irish Student Sponsorship Award, available to students enrolled at GLBBS for 2023-24. One student will be chosen, enrolled in either the Marine Service Technology program or the Comprehensive Career Boat Building program, for a $15,000 award. Upon graduation, the student agrees to work for Irish Boat Shop for a minimum period of one year for pay and benefits.
TO BE CONSIDERED:
Students must be admitted into either the Marine Service Technology program or the Comprehensive Career Boat Building program at GLBBS by June 11th, have earned a minimum high school or college GPA of 2.5 (transcripts required), must be willing to sign an employment contract for one year of employment with Irish Boat Shop after graduation, and must submit two letters of reference (online through the sponsorship application or sent directly to GLBBS by June 11th).
Complete the sponsorship application form and submit two letters of reference by June 11, 2023.
The top three students will be notified by June 24th. The students will be interviewed by the Selection Committee between July 5th to 8th. The winner will be announced July 15th. The winner will receive 1/3 of the $15,000 award each semester, beginning Fall 2023, then Spring 2024 and Summer 2024.
A NOTE ABOUT IRISH BOAT SHOP:
Dave Irish and the Irish Boat Shop have provided service for recreational boaters in Harbor Springs since 1961, on Lake Charlevoix since 1971, and in Traverse City since 2018. Their modern, comprehensive facilities in the communities offer a wide range of services, sales, and strength of experience. The business of Irish Boat Shop is to promote recreational boating by delivering quality and value in boats and services while meeting their obligations to their customers, their employees, their communities, and the environment.
From an early age, Dave Irish was in his element in the water. His early jobs included teaching sailing and working on boats in what was then his family’s sideline business. He entered the Air Force in 1958 and left military service in 1960 to return to Harbor Springs and care for his ailing father.
Dave was widely known in the sailing community, and with the help of family and the encouragement of boating friends, he founded the Irish Boat Shop. Over the following 61 years he built it into a successful, thriving business with almost 100 employees staffing their three locations. Dave Irish passed away on November 30, 2020.
Dave liked messing around with boats, and he particulary enjoyed the company of people who owned and played with boats. It is in this spirit that Irish Boat Shop founded this sponsorship award in 2023.