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Scholarship honors MPT’s Amy Morley


By Dorie Cox

One of the most important parts of Amy Elizabeth Morley’s life was teaching and mentoring maritime students as principal at Maritime Professional Training (MPT) in Ft. Lauderdale. Although Ms. Morley died Nov. 5 at age 47 of complications from heart surgery, her family at the school said her legacy will live on with a scholarship for deck training and engineering studies.

“We are committed to awarding this opportunity for a high school graduate to have a chance to learn this industry and earn good living,” said Lisa Morley, vice president sales and marketing at MPT and Ms. Morley’s sister.

She said they welcome the yachting community to be a part of the process to help train future maritime professionals.

“If you own or run a yacht and might be able to help with sea service or hands-on-experience for a scholarship recipient, come to us, sit and discuss what you’re willing to do,” she said.

Amy Morley-Beavers (center in blue dress) participated in the ribbon cutting of MPT’s new school building on Oct. 26, two days before her surgery.

The student will attend all their classes at MPT in the program they are awarded, either deck training and certification or engineering studies and certification.

“And then we’ll help them secure sea time,” Morley said. “After six months, they’ll report back and we’ll pay for their TWIC card and the physical exam.”

The first scholarship will be awarded in January 2018.

“The hope is that we show them the path, and with that, they will then mentor and change people’s lives,” Morley said.

For more details or for an application, contact Lisa Morley at

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