Inaugural BC Recipients of Glenn Spartz Scholarship Announced

Boating BC Association has announced the inaugural recipients of the Glenn Spartz Scholarship. The scholarship is an industry initiative that offers financial aid to students pursuing their Marine Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship (MMT) offered at BCIT’s Annacis Island campus in Delta, BC.

The association says the scholarship is in response to the shortage of qualified technicians for the recreational marine industry.

The first four recipients of the Glenn Spartz Scholarship include:
• Joseph Cervantes of New Westminster, BC
• Derek Fairclough of Mission, BC
• Darryl Stanley of Surrey, BC
• Nicholas Meakin of Peachland, BC

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer financial assistance to these four apprentices,” says Don Prittie, President of Boating BC. “We have such a high demand for certified technicians – there are tremendous opportunities ahead for all of our scholarship recipients, who will be starting in Level One of the MMT program this fall.”

Contributing partners from the marine propulsion sector, including BRP/Evinrude; Honda Marine; Yamaha; Volvo Penta; Mercury Marine; and Yanmar/Land Sea Power, support the Boating BC Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for individuals applying for the Level Two intake into the MMT program at BCIT, which commences in January, 2017.

The application deadline is September 23, 2016 (for full details visit:

Boating BC Association reports that it is comprised of over 300 member companies. As owners of the Vancouver International Boat Show, the Association strives to ensure the industry remains strong – working closely with all levels of government, cultivating marine career opportunities and promoting safe, responsible boating.