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Ann Davison Memorial Scholarship for Women

Press Release
April 15, 2014

Ann DavisonPort Hadlock — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding announces the Ann Davison Memorial Scholarship, developed specifically to support women pursuing a career in the maritime trades. Ann Davison was the first woman to solo sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Her boat, the Felicity Ann, is owned and being repaired by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. In honor of Davison’s courage and tenacity this $1000 need-based scholarship is awarded annually to women enrolled in one of the School’s 12-month associate degree boat building programs.

Pamela Roberts, Director of Education explained that, “Female students often face financial challenges that can create unnecessary barriers to school enrollment. These challenges include care-taking responsibilities not only for small children, but also for elders within the students’ families. By targeting specific scholarships for women, we believe that more female students will be able to attend the School.”

The School’s mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills while developing the individual as a craftsman.

Pete Leenhouts, Executive Director, shared, “The craftsmanship taught here at the School is directly applicable not only in the boatyard, but in skilled trades across the US. Graduates have gone on to become boatbuilders, fine woodworkers, teachers, musical instrument builders, museum specialists – alumni are limited only by their imaginations!”

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located in Port Hadlock, Washington and is an accredited, non-profit vocational school. You can find us on the web at

Applications are found on the School’s website at: For further details contact Pamela Roberts, Director of Education, at [email protected] or 360-385-4948 ext. 307.