The Enterprise: "SMCM Brendan Youth Sailing Program Award Grant"
A youth sailing program headquartered in Annapolis that hosts summer camps at St. Mary’s College of Maryland recently received a grant to help boost scholarship opportunities.
The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation in Annapolis awarded $20,000 to the Brendan Sailing Program for Youth with Learning Differences. The grant funding has been earmarked for camper scholarships and will provide current and prospective students financial opportunities to participate in Brendan Sailing’s Annapolis and St. Mary’s summer programs at little to no cost, according to a release from the program.
“At Brendan Sailing, we never turn down a child for financial reasons,” James Muldoon, Brendan founder and chairman of the board, said in the release. “It is important that these children have the same opportunities to build social skills and teamwork, regardless of their financial position. On behalf of the organization, I want to thank the Wood Foundation for their continued commitment to Brendan. They have believed in our mission from the beginning and over the years have become a truly special partner.”
Brendan Sailing is currently still accepting applications for all of its summer programs. However, with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as with other camps and organizations, the situation remains fluid, according to the release.
Executive Director Charlie Arms said that full refunds will be issued if the season is canceled. “We will be making a decision in the coming weeks based on the information available, and what is best for the community, our campers, and our organization,” Arms said in the release.
Since its inception, Brendan Sailing has been offering financial scholarships. The online application can be found at brendansailing.org/scholarships where financial assistance can be requested.