Academy holds Annual Admiral's Scholarship Gala

Admiral McDonald addresses Gala Attendees

It was a far cry from the parade field full of tents and 45 mile per hour winds we had for last year’s spectacular 125th Anniversary Admiral’s Scholarship Gala, but this year’s event sure didn’t disappoint. On Saturday night, Massachusetts Maritime Academy welcomed almost 275 guests to the Mess Deck (or Pande Dining Hall) for a wonderful event benefitting scholarships at the Academy.  From the beautifully lit patio, to the room softened with luxurious dark blue velvet curtains, elegantly decorated tables, and equally elegant guests – the Gala was a wonderful end to a fall calendar full of events. 

Decorated Patio at Admirals Scholarship Gala

 
Guests indulged in cocktails, hors d’ouevres, passed champagne and dinner thanks to Chartwells catering and staff; and they were entertained by music provided by MMA’s Jazz Band during cocktail hour, and followed by the immensely popular “GQ and the Lady” who kept the crowd dancing into the night.

Rear Admiral Fran McDonald began the evening’s program by reminding people that with the decreases in state funding it is more important than ever to expand our fundraising efforts. The Rising Tide… Campaign for Massachusetts Maritime Academy has earmarked $10 million to support our ongoing scholarship efforts in order to provide relief to our current and future cadets.

But as with each and every Scholarship Gala, the real stars of the evening were the cadets who personify everything that is truly great about MMA. They are the ones who have been defined by their choice to attend the Academy, and who, are eternally grateful for the support provided to them.

Grateful scholarship recipient 2/C Dylan Talbot thanked the crowd with his humorous speech for giving “students like me an opportunity to be successful in whatever I may do. The fact that I can leave this Academy without swimming in debt…is unbelievable.” He was followed by Regimental Commander 1/C Mikayla Correia who also addressed the crowd as a freshman at the 2014 Admiral’s Gala. She reiterated her sincere appreciation to all the attendees for her scholarship opportunities and the lasting impact that financial aid support has provided her and her family.

It remains the Academy’s supporters who we owe our biggest thanks, it is their gifts that continue to make a huge difference for the cadets. To learn more about supporting cadet scholarships, please contact Holly Knight, Vice President of Advancement at 508-830-5029 or at hknight@maritime.edu .