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SEA Semester’s Sarah Herard Wins Career Development Grant

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Capt. Sarah Herard at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2017–18 Career Development Grant to Capt. Sarah Herard, of Sea Education Association. In addition to her work at SEA, Sarah is pursuing a Masters in Training and Development at Central Michigan University’s Global Campus. Sarah is currently in Belfast, Maine, where she's one of the project coordinators for the SSV Corwith Cramer Major Maintenance Program.

AAUW Career Development Grants help women advance in their careers. For the 2017–18 academic year AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six fellowships and grants programs to more than 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

“I am honored to receive this award. It gives me the opportunity to focus on the completion of my degree and the chance to develop my capstone project: building a merchant mariner training program geared towards young adults,” said Sarah.

Sarah has served as a watch officer for both SEA vessels and as captain of the SSV Corwith Cramer.  Working towards her Master’s degree, she is specifically focused on training and development best practices. Her goal is to design a program for mariners that involves skill development, assessment, and leadership components. She plans to seek US Coast Guard approval of her program design. In her workplace, Sarah serves as a mentor for young women who are working towards merchant mariner credentials.

“We know that education opens doors and we also know from AAUW’s latest research report that women hold more student debt than men,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “One way AAUW is trying to solve the gendered student debt problem is by providing funding to women to pursue additional training and education.”

Congratulations Sarah!

For more information go to the AAUW website.

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