Webb Institute Selects 2019-20 Recipient of the American Bureau Shipping (ABS) Scholarship

Webb Institute, proudly announces Reneé Tremblay ′20 as the eighth recipient of the annual American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarship.

The ABS Scholarship Program provides financial support to deserving engineering and naval architecture students based on GPA, class rank, leadership ability, and faculty recommendations. This scholarship is part of a broad program at ABS that supports students in the offshore oil and gas and maritime industries.  Each year, a Webb student is awarded a full-tuition scholarship and a $2,500 room-and-board stipend.  The seventh recipient of the ABS Annual Scholarship was Sarah Stretch who graduated from Webb in June 2019. 

Reneé is a Webb senior from Bristol, Rhode Island.  In addition to her outstanding academic record, Reneé has served the Webb Community as Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee, Public Relations Chair, member of the Women of Webb (WoW), and this year, Membership Chair for her section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

“Reneé is an exemplary student leader within our campus community,” said Dean Matthew R. Werner.  “During her time at Webb, she has been a shining example for other Webb students through her studies, community service, and professional development.  We are proud to have selected Reneé for this honor.”

Reneé has thrived during her winter internships, a Webb Institute requirement for all students.  Winter Work provides hands-on experience at shipyards, aboard ships, and in design offices throughout the world. As a freshman Reneé worked at Vigor Fab Shipyard in Oregon, sailed from Texas to South Korea aboard a liquified natural gas carrier as a sophomore, and in her junior year, worked in the Carnival Cruise Line world headquarters. 

“Education is at the heart of the ABS mission. We are committed to investing in the next generation and to ensuring the maritime industries continue to attract the brightest and best. We will need all their energy and expertise to capitalize on the opportunities offered by digitalization and the low carbon economy, while continuing to advance the cause of safety at sea,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.

“ABS is widely recognized as a worldwide leader in fostering maritime education,” said Webb President R. Keith Michel. “We are proud to continue our partnership with ABS in preparing the next generation of naval architects and marine engineers for the ever-changing challenges within the marine industry.”

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property, and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction, and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.