Left to right: Bernie Madden, Fred Terrien, Avia Hathorn (scholarship recipient), Pete Longley, Bruce Woodman, and Clarence Snyder. Missing: Steve Dick, Dave Dodge, Curt Nehring, and Steve Washington.
Giving Back

Paying it Forward

Clarence Snyder ’71 took time out from Homecoming festivities to talk about the class of ’71’s scholarship it offers to support students wanting to attend MMA. Snyder is one of three brothers who graduated from MMA: Ron ’73 became a ship’s captain, Lew ’75 is a chief engineer, and Clarence retired as a product manager.

“We succeeded beyond our parents’ wildest dreams because of both the financial support and guidance of others,” said Snyder. “Time to pay it back.”

The Class of ’71 scholarship is one of 25 class scholarship funds and has been in existence for almost 20 years. Their current scholarship recipient is Avia Hathorn. Hathorn grew up in Clinton, Miss. “I chose MMA because of its reputation with the maritime industry,” she said. “Coming here, I knew my education would be top tier and provide me with a successful career. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work in a shipyard with the engineer and project manager. I absolutely loved it and can see myself working there or in a similar place. I definitely enjoy the shipyard more than the office!”

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