October 4, 2002

Port of San Diego and Port Tenants Association Award College Scholarships

Six San Diego-area students have been awarded scholarships from the ‘Port With No Borders’ Scholarship Fund, a joint program of the Port of San Diego and the San Diego Port Tenants Association (SDPTA) developed to assist Port and Port tenant employees and their families. Students were presented $1,000 scholarships at the Board of Port Commissioners meeting on August 20, 2002.

Scholarship recipients include:

* Andrew Coss, an engineering major at Southwestern Community College working as an intern for the Port of San Diego;

* Marissa Heilig, an undeclared major at Mount St. Mary’s College who is related to a former Port of San Diego employee;

* Brandie Marone, an international business major at San Diego State University who is associated with the U.S. Navy Sailing Center Point Loma, a Port tenant;

* Laura Moreton, an environmental science major at Southwestern Community College who is associated with BF Goodrich, a Port tenant;

* Lauren Tait, a communications major at Boston University who is related to a Port of San Diego employee;

* and Aisa Winkle, a psychology major at UC Santa Cruz who is related to a Port of San Diego employee.

The Port with No borders Scholarship fund was proposed last year by former Port Commission Chairman Frank Urtasun. It was established for employees and children of the Port and of SDPTA members who are seeking a college education in professions related to the many types of businesses around San Diego Bay. The Scholarship Fund was started with generous donations of nearly $8,000 from members of the SDPTA and a contribution of $10,000 from the Port. Applications for the scholarship were solicited by both the Port and the SDPTA. An advisory committee made up of four members of the SDPTA and three Port Commissioners reviewed the applications and made award selections in July.

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