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The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


Application Process

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 2019? Click here to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2019 Recreational Boating Educational Conference for free!

Application Deadline 

May 1

Funding Cycle 

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. 



James A. Coburn

Coburn Consulting Company

Macomb, MI


Rob McCarthy

Skipper Bud’s

Harrison Township, MI


Nicki Polan


Commerce Township, MI


Matt Anderson

Global Marine Ins. Agency

Traverse City, MI


Amy Krueger-Malow

Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales

St. Clair Shores, MI


Torre Miller

Diesel Fuel Doctor

Lansing, MI


Help support RBIEF

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 click  here to contribute via credit card payment, or 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 Greg Krueger to the Gregory P. Krueger Scholarship, please click here.
To donate in memory of Sally Ottenhoff, please click here.

To donate in memory of Tom Haag, please click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact 

Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF)
C/o Michigan Boating Industries Association
8625 Richardson Rd.
Commerce Twp., MI 48390
Phone: 734.261.0123 or boatmichigan@mbia.org


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