Scholarship Program Underway

BWI has launched a new Scholarship Program designed to help young men and women enter the exciting world of boating journalism. Plans are to have the program in place and ready to unveil to members and the boating industry during the 2018 Miami Boat Show Annual BWI meeting.

Long-time Ohio-based boating/outdoor journalist and BWI member Dan Armitage offered to spearhead the effort calling on his familiarity with a successful scholarship program offered by the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Among others that are joining the effort are Robert Beringer, who has worked with universities and dealt with scholarships before, and Ron Ballanti who brings experience in public relations and marketing communications to help spread the word about the program.

Says Ballanti, “This is not only a great opportunity for positive exposure among boating writers and the marine industry, but also a chance to help shape tomorrow’s boating writers. We are also setting up the necessary infrastructure to allow other Supporting Members to sponsor the scholarship program on different levels and encourage individual Active and Associate Members to contribute as well.”

For more information or to join the effort, contact Dan Armitage at or BWI Headquarters.