Report on Webb Institute’s Use of CARES Act 18004(a)(a) Funds

June 27, 2020

Webb Institute is required to provide regular reporting on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Rosemont College under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.  Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit  a report to the Secretary describing the use of the funds.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act, Webb was allocated $41,119.  $20,560 shall be allocated to students in the form of grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and the remaining funds are available to Webb to offset costs incurred due to COVID-19.

The following documents the process for obtaining funds and Webb’s allocation of the funds.

  1. Webb Institute signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on April 13, 2020 the Recipients Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  Webb received Grant Award Notification for the USDOE dated May 13, 2020.
  2. Webb Institute has received $20,560 in emergency grant aid for students.
  3. As of June 27, 2020, Webb Institute has not distributed any of the funds to students.  All funds will be distributed to students during the month of July.
  4. A total of 102 students enrolled at Webb Institute during the spring 2020 semester are undergraduate students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive these Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  5. Webb Institute is providing the grants to all full-time undergraduate students who were enrolled at Webb over the course of the spring semester (March 2 – June 20, 2020), filed a FAFSA, and whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) was less than $15,000.  A total of 20 students will be receiving aid.  Each student will receive an equal amount, such that total distribution is not less than $20,560.
  6. A letter to be sent to each student receiving the emergency aid will explain (a) that the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is the source of the funding, (b) the process used to determine the distribution of the funds, (c) and that the funds are to be used to cover expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

CARES Act Student Aid Distribution

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for emergency relief for students and institutions of higher education.  Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act, Webb was allocated $41,119. $20,560 shall be allocated to students in the form of grants and the remaining funds are available to Webb to offset costs incurred due to COVID-19.

Webb will distribute the $20,560 in student aid based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined from the FAFSA filings during AY2020.  To be eligible for these awards, students must:

  • be enrolled at Webb throughout the full spring 2020 semester,
  • be eligible for financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965,
  • have filed a FAFSA prior to June 20, 2020, and
  • have an EFC of less than $15,000

Webb will divide the funds equally amongst the eligible students. These payments will be made in July 2020.

The Class of 2020 – Commencement Awards

In addition to the awarding of degrees, several students received additional awards and prizes for their outstanding academic achievements in a variety of areas, such as excellence in thesis, excellence in mathematics, highest general average, and exemplary commitment of service to others through volunteerism, community service, and civic outreach.

List of Awards and Awardees

— Total Performance

Louis Bock
for general excellence
{Sponsored by Trustee Joseph J. Cuneo ’57}

Leadership and Ethics

Audra Milbitz
for working unselfishly and in harmony with classmates
{Sponsored by President R. Keith Michel ’73}

Isa Hill
Reneé Tremblay
for exemplary commitment of service to others through volunteerism, community service, and civic outreach
{Sponsored by Charles Kurz II (Hon.)}

Max Pierce
for demonstrated commitment to ethics
{Sponsored by Paul E. Atkinson Memorial Fund}

— Academics —

Jonathan Wang
for highest average over four years
{Sponsored by the American Bureau of Shipping}

Jonathan Wang
for excellence in naval architecture
{Sponsored by Charles A. Ward Memorial Fund}

Louis Bock
for excellence in marine engineering
{Sponsored by George Gilmore ’57}

Jonathan Wang
for excellence in mathematics
{Sponsored by Trustee Dr. Luther Tai}

Mara DuVernois
for excellence in humanities
{Sponsored by Dean Matthew R. ’95, PG’97 & Tisha Werner}

Reneé Tremblay
for most outstanding and consistent academic improvement
{Sponsored by Trustee and Mrs. John A. Malone ’71}

— Thesis —

Brandon Wui
for excellence in the senior thesis
{Sponsored by the American Bureau of Shipping}

Max Pierce
T. Zane Tinnell
for excellence in the senior thesis
{Sponsored by Trustee Emeritus John W. Russell ’67}

Linda Waters

Senior Spotlight: Matthew Migliozzi ’20

Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Thesis Title: A Thermodynamic Exergy Analysis to Optimize a Combined Brayton-Rankine Cycle

Post Graduate Plans: Graduate work in Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School

Favorite Quote.
“You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.” – Elon Musk

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Math was my worst subject in high school. English was my best. I came to Webb because I loved ships and wanted to improve on what I perceived as my weaknesses.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Join the sailing team, the intercollegiate dinghy team. You have your whole life to sail big boats, but only four years to compete in intercollegiate sailing. This team gives you the opportunity to compete in an intercollegiate sport and meet people from different schools with different majors and different ideas. Try to meet people with as many different perspectives as you can. Webb is great, but everyone is a Naval Architect. It is refreshing and beneficial to speak with people with different backgrounds that will challenge you to think differently. Take the time to develop your own thoughts and think deeply to ensure they’re your own. My hardest moments at Webb were when I forgot this, and being part of the sailing team helped me remember.

What was your favorite class at Webb and why?
Ship Design II because in that class, for the first time, I felt like I understood what it meant to design a ship. The class was a lot of work, but it solidified a lot of the concepts I had learned in previous Webb courses which were just abstract concepts to me before Ship Design II.

Senior Spotlight: Duane Lee ’20

Hometown: Portland, OR

Thesis Title: Concept Design and Economic Feasibility Study of a Modular Underwater Apartment: A Case Study at Webb Institute

Post Graduate Plans: Aspire rotational program at ABS

Why did you choose Webb?
I wanted to study architecture at first, but after learning about Webb, I gained an interest in naval architecture and marine engineering. While I wanted to design something cool, I also liked math/science, so I thought NA/ME was a nice combination of the two. Also, I wanted to be part of the small, unique community at Webb.

What will you miss the most about Webb?
I will miss living together with my classmates. Even with numerous late-nighters, my classmates made my time here enjoyable.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is my couch in my dorm room in STH (room #211). After a long day, I enjoyed staring out the window or at my white wall while sitting on my couch.

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
My favorite Winter Work internship was working at Eagle Bulk in its Singapore office. The internship gave me a nice exposure to the global maritime industry. It was also fun to work and learn from people from around the world. Also, living in Singapore was a lovely experience.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about doing interesting and/or meaningful things. I hope to apply what I’ve learned at Webb to do cool and interesting work.