The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Basis (RBIEF) far more than doubled the total of money distributed this calendar year when compared to decades earlier, as capable applicants specific keen fascination in careers in the marine business. The Foundation awarded $18,500 in scholarship cash to 10 college students.  

The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Affiliation (MBIA) with the mission: advancing alternatives for scholarships and coaching benefiting Michigan’s marine business. Traditional scholarships are awarded to higher education learners interested in a vocation in the maritime marketplace, as very well as present-day MBIA associates and their staff for sector conferences, certifications, and other training courses. Continuing education and learning “industry” scholarship purposes can be submitted 12 months-round and are available on With this year’s awards, RBEIF has now distributed $409,000 to deserving recipients.

“Michigan supports the 3rd greatest recreational boating market place in the country and desires competent, educated folks to carry on our management position,” explained RBIEF President Jim Coburn of The Coburn Consulting Corporation. “RBIEF is proud to deliver funding and academic possibilities for people today fascinated leisure boating occupations. We are also incredibly grateful to Jefferson Seashore Yacht Profits and Walstrom Maritime for their leadership and current donations.”

2021 RBIEF scholarship recipients:

  • Tyler Waters – Gregory P. Krueger Scholarship
  • Gretchen Hambrick – Brenda Andrews Scholarship
  • Hunter Hambrick – Brenda Andrews Scholarship
  • Josh Cooper, Gage Gruever, Mitchell Hilbrandt, Gabriella Inman, Noel King, Caleb Kohlman, Taylor Oselka

The Gregory P. Krueger Scholarship is a named scholarship in the memory of RBIEF co-founder, MBIA Board Director and President of Jefferson Seaside Yacht Revenue, Greg Krueger. The scholarship has been awarded each individual yr since his passing to an esteemed recipient who has demonstrated perseverance and strives for education in the maritime sector.

New this yr. the Brenda Andrews Scholarship was uniquely awarded to sibling co-winners who try to revolutionize their family’s maritime enterprise. 

“An investment in students trying to get boating field careers is an financial commitment in the long run of our market,” reported Nicki Polan, executive director of MBIA and RBIEF director. “MBIA carries on to prioritize the progress of the marine workforce in Michigan, partnering in the opening of two marine tech programs and being the relationship between instruction plans and our marketplace associates.” 

Generous donations in 2021 from Walstrom Marine and Jefferson Seaside Yacht Gross sales, together with the yearly contribution from the MBIA would make RBIEF’s scholarship funding attainable. RBIEF Board users really encourage all people to donate as very well. Contributions are tax deductible. To donate and come across out extra about RBIEF, pay a visit to 

MBIA is a point out-wide, non-earnings organization representing more than 350 maritime corporations in Michigan.  The boating field in Michigan signifies a $7.8 billion financial impression in Michigan, almost 1,500 marine businesses and almost 40,000 work opportunities. For much more details about MBIA go to