The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation has three on-going programs which it provides to the community along with the events and scholarships which it sponsors annually. These programs benefit from donations of volunteer time and funding from the yacht club membership and the community at large.
Marine & Maritime Scholarships
Initiated in 2008, this program fosters greater student interest in garnering skills in the marine trades for both part-time and career employment. In partnership with both the Center for Applied Technology South (CAT South) within the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) the Foundation is participating on advisory councils and task forces to improve both training opportunities and public awareness of them.
Outstanding Marine Wizards
An outgrowth of the MAST program, the Outstanding Marine Wizard program was designed to recognize and publicize individual excellence in the marine trades. This biennial award begins with nominations from the boating public and from peers in the marine industry. A foundation-appointed selection committee reviews all of the nominations and selects a specified number of recipients for each "class". The awards are made in the even years at the Eastport Yacht Club's Latitude Adjustment Party, a public block party held on the Thursday evening before the start of the Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race. The next Outstanding Marine Wizards will be selected in 2018.
STEM through Sailing & Boating
This is the newest Foundation program. In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE), the Foundation designed a unique multi-disciplinary program for 5th graders which was piloted in Anne Arundel County in the Spring of 2014. The purpose of the program is to extend student learning by demonstrating how classroom lessons tie directly to recreational boating, commercial boating and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The STEM program is now offered in June each year to three elementary schools in Annapolis/Eastport.