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USA. Marine Design Resource Alliance announces boat design scholarship winners

Monday, 26 November 2007

Design art students and their respective schools will share $16-thousand dollars in scholarships for their 2006-2007 winning entries in the annual Marine Design Resource Alliance (MDRA) Boating Leaders Scholarship Program. The contest is funded through donations from visionary boat manufacturers and companies that support the marine industry.

North Carolina State University design student, Vyasatja Jyothigowdanapura (correct spelling) submitted the overall winning entry called Grand Toura, a fresh design for pontoon boats that incorporated a blend of physics providing environmentally friendly propulsion. In addition to the $3,500 Anchor Scholarship, Jyothigowdanapura won the $6,000 Premier Pontoons Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Pontoon Design. Images and a detailed description of his “Going Green” entry may be viewed at the MDRA website,

Adam Vorhees, of the Art Center College of Design, captured the GE Scholarship Award for recognizing the importance of marketing boats. His innovative exhibit display is designed to look like dynamic flowing water, creating a beautiful expressive movement of a boat’s wake.

Eight students at the Savannah College of Art & Design spent a semester designing what they call, Quarzo, a super car for the water. The winner of the Sovran Scholarship presented by Tiara and Pursuit, combines the graceful, elegant lines, quality and unique craftsmanship of classic wooden runabouts, with the effortless power, precision, space-age technology and materials of a modern super car. Matthew Bowdon, Matthew Blew, Matthew Holmes, Randal Makowchik, Riccardo Pilurzu, Carl Soares, Ryan Wetjen Barry and Christopher Woo will share the prize with their school.

Four students at the Kendall College of Art & Design collaborated on the winning entry for interior design presented by OMNOVA. Zach Raven, Andrew Vogel, Nicholas Weigel and Braden Wilkerson take home the $2,500 prize.

Two design students at Syracuse University, Graham Tuttle and Matthew Malone, share the MasterCraft Scholarship for Emerging Innovative Boating Concepts for a device to portage a vessel and carry boating gear in a simple flexible ribbing structure.

Entries were judged by a team of professional designers, led by Jack Telnack, former head of corporate design for Ford Motor Company. All of the winning entries are on display at

MDRA recently announced that the 2008 awards will be significantly enriched through the creation of the MDRA $25,000 Pinnacle Scholarship Award. Open to students registered in a collegiate level design program worldwide, $15,000 will be awarded to the student who creates the top design overall with $10,000 going to the school.


Last Updated ( Monday, 26 November 2007 )