Attention Girls 14-19

Hurry! Applications for the Sue Corl Scholarship cose on April 15!

Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship

The Women’s Sailing Foundation offers the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship for an enhanced sailing experience or program for a teenaged girl. This special scholarship is offered to girls between the ages of 14 and 19 with a financial need to broaden their sailing experiences. The opportunities to which the scholarship may be applied include, but are not limited to, enrollment in:
• An advanced sailing program
• A racing program
• A tall ship or live-aboard experience
• A marine or maritime-related program

When there are multiple requests, sailing-related programs will take precedence. The successful recipient will receive $500 in scholarship funds applicable to their program fee. A person can only receive the scholarship once in a lifetime.

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Congratulations Maya!

2023 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship awardee


The 2023 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship recipient was Maya Mahoney from Chicago, Illinois. Maya selected the Brooke Gonzalez Clinic as her choice for the scholarship. She completed the Brooke Gonzalez clinic in Newport, RI. June 16–18. Here’s Maya’s report.

“I am immensely grateful for the financial support provided by the Association, which enabled me to attend the Brooke E Gonzalez Clinic.The experience not only enriched my passion for sailing but provided me with the opportunity to learn from a diverse array of coaches — each with their unique sailing experiences. Being immersed in an environment teeming with sailing knowledge has undeniably enhanced my love for the sport and expanded my understanding of the possibilities within the sailing world. Your (donor’s) generosity has made this experience possible. I firmly believe that it has played a pivotal role in my growth as a sailor. Throughout the clinic, I was profoundly reminded of the significance for being a positive member of the sailing community. The presence of numerous coaches who exuded positivity and eagerness to share their knowledge served as a powerful reminder of the values of teamwork and camaraderie in competitive sports like sailing. Embracing the fact that each person sails differently, the clinic exposed me to a plethora of suggestions from various coaches. This has helped me realize the importance of personalizing different tactics and techniques, using the knowledge bestowed upon me to craft my own sailing style.

I deeply appreciate of the Sue Corl Scholarship’s support that made it possible. The clinic sharpened my sailing skills and reignited my passion for the sport”

Sail Newport’s annual Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is dedicated to the memory of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez. In 2001, Sail Newport and the Gonzalez family launched the clinic in her memory. The Clinic is a three-day program of lectures and on-the-water drills with a reputation for the highest quality coaching and guest speakers.

The Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship is supported entirely by donations through NWSA.

2022 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship awardee — Stephanie Roney

Stephanie Roney, the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship recipient in 2022 was a 15 year-old student from San Pedro High School. She was introduced to sailing during the summer of 2019 at Los Angeles Community Sailing Clinics (LACS).

In her application letter for the Sue Corl Scholarship she wrote of her love of the water and an appreciation of the beauty of sail. Her letter of recommendation from LACS expressed the hope a bit of training would open opportunities to Stephanie, such as participating in a local sailing team. “This would be a wonderful outcome for Stephanie and the yachting community.”

Upon receiving the scholarship, Stephanie wrote, “With great pleasure and gratitude, I accept this award. I will do my best to exemplify the honored values of women in sailing. Not only will I not disappoint you, but I will make every effort to exceed your expectations.”

With the scholarship Stephanie attended Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Program. She graduated from Optis to FJs three days into the prorgam. Upon completing the Program, because she worked so well with the younger sailors, Stephanie was offered and accepted a job with the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program! She loved the experience and showed her appreciation for the NWSA contributors and supporters who made her amazing summer of sailing possible.

By the end of the summer of 2022 NWSA noted, “Watch Stephanie, she is just getting started with her sailing adventures!”  Stephanie just keeps exceeding our expectations! Most recently she earned the Oakcliff America True Scholarship, awarded internationally. Stephanie will train at Oakcliff Sailing Center in August 2023 in Oyster Bay, New York. It is one of the most prestigious sailing schools in the world, preparing young sailors for America’s Cup and Olympics sailing, and helps prepares trainees to become professional sailors.

Congratulations Kira Hill

2021 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship awardee

Congratulations to Kira Hill, who attended the Fantastic Voyage, July, 5th — 9th, 2021. Her experience aboard the tallship schooner Adventuress fostered environmental sustainability, youth development and awareness of maritime careers through powerful shipboard programs on the waters of the Salish Sea.

Adventuress is a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship. Sound Experience is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Washington State, USA.

Congratulations Ella Beauregard

2019 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship awardee

Congratulations to Ella Beauregard of Southport, Maine, who attended the Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic in Newport, RI. Upon learning of her selection to receive the 2019 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship Ella commented, “I am beyond grateful.”  You can learn how the scholarship helped Ella achieve her sailing goals in this brief video about the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship.


Elizabeth (Sue) Corl, of Marblehead, MA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF), was a tireless advocate for WSF programs. She raised two daughters and was involved with many volunteer organizations supporting girls. She was an organizer of the first Boston AdventureSail® program which took place in Boston Harbor at Courageous Sailing Center in 1997. Corl was also the co-chair of the inaugural Women’s Sailing Conference in Marblehead in 2001.

Sue Corl died in 2007, but she will always be remembered for her desire to introduce the sport of sailing to young girls. In 2015, the Women’s Sailing Foundation board established the Sue Corl Youth Scholarship in her memory.

We are able to offer this scholarship to young girl sailors because of your generous donations and membership fees. Please, consider donating by clicking the button at the bottom of the page, or join us via membership.