Emerald Isle Fishing Tourney extends scholarship deadline

The committee that organizes and runs the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament, which uses this logo, has extended until Monday, June 1 the deadline for Croatan and Swansboro High School seniors to apply for college scholarships paid for from proceeds from the 2019 tournament. (Town of Emerald Isle graphic)

EMERALD ISLE — The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament committee has extended to Monday, June 1 the application deadline for two $3,000 merit-based scholarships it will award to graduating seniors from Swansboro High School and Croatan High School.

Emerald Isle Town Commissioner Mark Taylor, brainchild of the tournament, which started in 2019, made the announcement Tuesday night during the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting, conducted live on Facebook.

All applications and supporting documents must be turned in to Nicole Rains (SHS) or Jessica Sadler (CHS) by the deadline.

Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited two-year community or technical college or a four-year college or university at which they plan to major in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries biology, geology, environmental science, climate change, marine policy, ocean engineering/ship-building/maintenance or the chemistry or physics of the ocean.

The scholarship application is available through the high schools’ guidance offices or can be downloaded at emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/emerald-isle-tournament-scholarship-application-spring-2020-updated.pdf.

“Our hope is that the successful scholarship recipients might return to eastern or coastal North Carolina to pursue their post-graduate careers,” Ron Dimock, a member of the executive committee of the tournament, said in a press release. “The two $3,000 ... scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and essay.”

The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament is a nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible use of marine resources through education and sponsorship of community events, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of ocean stewards through scholarships for post-secondary education.

The tournament is expected to be an annual fall event. This year it is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, and Mr. Taylor said Tuesday night he is hopeful the date will hold despite the problems caused by the novel coronavirus.

Last year, the tournament offered cash prizes in a number of categories, including king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, kayak fishing for Spanish mackerel, bluefish and speckled trout and surf fishing for those same species. Entry fees and sponsorships generate the money for the scholarships.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

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