(VALLEJO, CA – July 29, 2013) – Two Cal Maritime cadets are recipients of the Admiral Douglas H. Teeson scholarship, allowing them to attend the prestigious Williams-Mystic Program this fall.
Cadets Garrett Weston of Fresno and Alex Youngs of Sacramento are both Global Studies and Maritime Affairs (GSMA) majors. They will study with some of the world’s preeminent scholars in maritime science, maritime history, maritime literature, and oceans policy as they earn transfer credits from Williams College that count towards the GSMA degree.
“I am excited about this opportunity,” said Alex Youngs. “I want this semester to be hard and rewarding at the same time.”
“What excites me most about the program is the opportunity to travel the country, while also getting a hands-on education of the United States' maritime realm,” said Weston.
“Ordinarily, this experience comes with a hefty price tag in excess of $30,000, but through the efforts of folks on both coasts this has been waived for our student representatives,” said Tim Lynch, Associate Professor of Maritime History and Chair of the Department of Maritime Policy and Management at Cal Maritime’s ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management.
Garrett and Alex are the seventh and eighth GSMA students to participate in this program thanks to a quarter million dollars in scholarship money that has been raised for the major.
“The Williams-Mystic Program is more than just taking classes it is an experience which I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Will Lindsey, a former recipient of the Teeson Scholarship. “The program immersed me in hands-on education, dealing with people I would be working with in my industry.”
“Williams-Mystic is a life-changing semester,” said Lynch. “Along with a focus on conducting original research in all of these disciplines, students are also immersed in hands-on, experiential learning at Mystic Seaport, the nation's largest maritime museum. To understand the breadth and depth of how the oceans have influenced human endeavor, they go to sea on a 130-foot sailing research vessel, explore the bayous and shores of Louisiana, and travel along the Pacific coast. This fall, they will sail to Hawaii.”
A class of 20 students – typically representing 15 different colleges and as many different majors – comes together to interact closely with faculty, working under the philosophy that approaching complex challenges through cross-disciplinary thinking offers a striking method to better understand the past, present, and future of the world's oceans.
Described by the majority of alumni as the most important semester of their college career, Williams-Mystic is structured to create a unique and dynamic educational experience. Beyond the academic curriculum, students live in co-op housing, cook their own food, and become life-long friends. Their alumni network is broad and diverse, and leads to many opportunities for those who complete the program.