First Grants Awarded for the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund

Congratulations to the organizations receiving a grant from the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund!
Picture of Stan Selden
Stanley Selden

The Stanley Selden Maritime Fund has awarded its first grants to support opportunities for youth to access and experience the Tacoma waterfront. This first round of grants allocate funds to seven organizations in Pierce County and the Puget Sound region for a total of $3,000. Congratulations to the grant recipients and thank you for applying!

The organizations receiving grants include Harbor WildWatch, Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club, Point Defiance Marina, The Northwest Maritime Center, Tacoma Community Boat Builders, Tacoma Yacht Club Junior Sailing, and Friends of the Foss.

“Stan Selden loved Tacoma and the waterfront,” says Sue Schaeffer,  Committee Member of the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund. “We are proud to honor him with this fund and encourage Pierce County youth to experience the waterfront. Applications for the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund are welcome year-round. Individuals and organizations in Pierce County are encouraged to apply.”

These pictures show some of the grantees and youth learning about and enjoying the waterfront:

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More information about the projects is listed below:

  • Harbor WildWatch: Pier Into the Night invites youth and families to explore the Pierce County waterfront through a virtual SCUBA diving experience. Held monthly each winter, divers use an underwater video camera to live stream what they encounter below the surface directly to visitors on the dock. Staff biologists identify the animals and answer questions. This program is free and open to all ages. The grant would improve the program with a formal evaluation.
  • Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club: Kikaha is a 21-year old Hawaiian canoe club on the Foss Waterway. The club prepares paddlers of all ages for international and local competition. Young paddlers (keikis) annually compete in sprint races at Spanaway Lake, Silverdale, Seattle and Everett. The grant will be used to purchase paddles for youth. The adjustable paddles are designed for growing paddlers.
  • Metro Parks Tacoma – Point Defiance Marina: Sails & Trails Camp is for youth ages 11-15 to learn to fish, sail and kayak at Tacoma Youth Marine Center, and learn about marine science and nature studies at Foss Seaport Waterway and Point Defiance Park and Marina. Financial aid allows all interested to participate in this camp. A free 2-4 hour charter on the “Curtis” would be offered to inspire students to consider more opportunities with Sea Scouts and Tacoma Yacht Club Sailing.
  • The Girls’ Boat Project is a program for middle school girls that creates an inclusive, supportive space for young women to work together and gain confidence through learning skills in boat building, woodworking and sailing. The program is led and taught by an all-female staff of educators and professional mariners. Funds would purchase materials and tools. Learn more on their blog.
  • Tacoma Community Boat Builders: Tacoma Community Boat Builders creates transformational opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth in Pierce County through boat building, woodworking and positive mentorship. The funds would purchase materials to build boats youth can take home and keep. The particular boat they would build is a Koryak — modeled on an Alaskan Recovery Kayak used by hunters and fisherman to recover prey from the water.
  • Tacoma Yacht Club Junior Sailing: The Tacoma Yacht Club will expand its sailing instruction program by using the U.S. REACH curriculum of middle school science lessons focused on sailing: wind, buoyancy, weather and geometry. The grant would purchase science equipment and supplies. The club plans to collaborate with University of Washington Tacoma on science instruction.
  • Friends of the Foss: Friends of the Foss — comprised of members of the Tacoma Waterfront Association, Foss Waterway Development Authority, Port of Tacoma and waterfront residents — will develop new activities and recreational opportunities along the Foss Waterway, focusing on youth-oriented events. Funds would provide a scholarship for an intern who would coordinate a summer concert series at the public amphitheatre.

Congratulations to you all!

Logo for Stanley Selden Maritime Fund

For more information

  • To apply for a grant with the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund, please click here for the application.
  • For more information about the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund, please see our recent blog post. Thank you.
  • Questions? Please contact Malcolm Russell, Committee Member of the Stanley Selden Maritime Fund at 253.572.2666.

— Liz Satterthwaite, TWA Communications.

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