CAPA Announces California Ports Day Scholarship Winners!

The inaugural California Ports Day took place on February 22, 2018 on State Capitol grounds as maritime stakeholders gathered for an eventful day designed to educate policy makers, and the general public, about the important role California’s 11 public ports play in the success of California’s economy and in bettering our environment.

With the help of Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement), Ports Day included the announcement of the inaugural California Ports Day Scholarship contest; a competitive scholarship program awarding high school seniors for their writing skills and thoughtful consideration of the importance of California’s ports.

We are happy to announce the 2018 California Ports Day Scholarship Contest winners! Elizabeth Claypool from Granada Hills Charter High School in Granada Hills, Kellan Corrigan from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, and Audrey Tachiera from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. Each delivered an outstanding essay addressing the economic importance and environmental stewardship efforts of California ports, and each will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards their college education expenses.

As California’s eleven ports stretch the entire coastline, and include inland ports as well, it was refreshing to have students from San Francisco to San Diego submit essays. Tim Schott, CAPA Executive Director elaborated, “There were several very well written essays, and it was difficult to choose just three winners. It’s refreshing to see the next generation of young people engaged and interested in how our ports are leading the state’s economy and environmental efforts.”

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