The MBIA mission is to advance, protect and promote the recreational boating industry in Michigan. In our efforts to advance the industry, we have made a commitment to provide education and support to all of our members. To facilitate this education, the MBIA has created a scholarship foundation to financially assist the professional development of those in the marine industry called the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF).
RBIEF, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in 1986, to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine trades.
Specifically, RBIEF’s purpose is to offer financial assistance through full or matching tuition and program funding for MBIA members, member’s employees, family and students whenever funding is available.
Opportunities are outlined below, however, RBIEF will be open to other suggested proposals which serve to help MBIA members and the boating industry in Michigan.
- Industry Education
Full or partial funding assistance for MBIA members, employees, family and students to attend specific marine industry educational programs offered by local, statewide or national marine organizations such as MBIA’s Recreational Boating Educational Conference, ABYC’s Certification Workshops, NMMA American Boating Congress, manufacturer sponsored education, and MRAA’s Marine Dealer Conference and Expo. Industry education serves to further educate MBIA members which supports the growth of our industry.
- College Scholarships
Traditional educational scholarship awards made to MBIA members, employees of members, and family members of members who are enrolled or enrolling in higher education or technical courses and who have an interest in pursuing careers in the marine industry. This program serves to bring new and younger people to our industry and benefits the industry, members and the community at-large.
Applicant must be a MBIA member in good standing, employed by a MBIA member in good standing, or a family member of a MBIA member in good standing.
Complete the RBIEF application (either as an applicant or nominee), including an essay explaining why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship.
Were you a new member in 2017? Click here to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2017 Recreational Boating Educational Conference for free!
Awards made in June
- Recipients will be recognized at MBIA’s Recreational Boating Educational Conference each year
- Press release distribution for recipients
- Recognition on mbia.org and MBIA’s Annual Report
The RBIEF Board of Directors meets annually to review applications and make awards. The Board helps build funding sources through contacts from within and outside the boating industry. The RBIEF Board also serves in an advisory capacity to determine the current and future direction of the Foundation.
Help support RBIEF through these funding opportunities
Support RBIEF Scholarship Classic, our annual golf outing.
Designate RBIEF as a beneficiary of other events within or outside the marine industry.
Contributions are tax deductible and can be made by those interested in supporting the Foundation at any level. Naming rights contributions of $30,000 and higher will honor donors with named scholarships in the name of your choice. Please send your check made payable to RBIEF to the address below.... and thank you in advance for contributing to the industry.
To donate in memory of Sally Ottenhoff, please click here.
If you have additional questions, please contact
Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF)
C/o Michigan Boating Industries Association
32398 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154-6109
Phone: 734.261.0123 or email@example.com