THE LEONARD W. & KATHERINE C. HAYWARD MARITIME MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Leonard W. “Bill” Hayward grew up on Narragansett Bay, sailed on maritime vessels at the outset of World War II, and joined the United States Navy, when he became eligible at age sixteen, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was a self-taught engineering genius who became a vice-president of Newport Hospital and a volunteer consultant to many charitable organizations including the Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport.
Bill served as president of the Institute from 1994 to 1997. Under his leadership the Institute developed its safe haven mission in the area of education for the seafaring population of all ages, including those obtaining a Captain’s license, an internship in yacht restoration, or simply an exposure to the marine environment on Narragansett Bay and surrounding waters. Kitty Hayward was an ardent volunteer for Seamen’s and shared her husband’s enthusiasm for providing educational opportunities to area residents.
In recognition of their leadership in our community, the Institute’s Board of Directors established the Leonard W. & Katherine C. Hayward Memorial Scholarship in 1998.
The Leonard W. & Katherine C. Hayward Memorial Scholarship is intended to support students of all ages who are preparing for employment in the maritime occupations.
Students must reside in Newport County and be accepted for admission in an accredited educational program which will assist in preparing them for seafaring occupations by providing academic and/or hands-on experience.
This year’s Scholarship application deadline is May 1, 2013. The Scholarship Committee will schedule personal interviews to meet with candidates. The application form and one page essay stating the goals of the applicant and addressed to:
The Scholarship Committee
Seamen’s Church Institute
18 Market Square
Newport, RI 02840
Financial support for the Leonard W. & Katherine C. Hayward Memorial Scholarship is provided by the Institute through its financial resources, fund raising programs, and is included as a line item in the Institute’s annual budget.