In addition to support for the operations and education programs at both IYRS and MoY, donors may designate gifts to a range of special projects.

Boatbuilding students and instructor

To designate your gift to a particular area of interest, including scholarships, restoration projects, curriculum development, exhibits, facilities or another special project, donate online or send a check and specifics about your designation to the address below.


Each year, 40% of IYRS students count on scholarship support to fund their education at IYRS. Donors may contribute to the Joyce Selig Scholarship Fund which provides current-year support to IYRS students based on financial need. IYRS also encourages donations to endowed funds, which pay out a percentage each year to guarantee scholarship funding in perpetuity.

Thank you to our scholarship supporters:

  • Antique & Classic Boat Society
  • Brooks-Mathews Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Grant L. Cambridge
  • CJ Bennett Scholarship Fund
  • Ddora Foundation
  • Division of Higher Education – RI Promise Scholarship
  • The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
  • The Gladys Brooks Foundation
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • The Gruben Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Hill
  • Mr. & Mrs. David C. Hubbard
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bryan H. Lawrence, Jr.
  • MC Scholarship Foundation
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • The Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust
  • RPM Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Swift
  • Textron Charitable Trust
  • The White Family Foundation


Program Development

Investment in educational programming is a cornerstone constant to ensure that IYRS maintains its deep craft-based approach to education. This takes several key forms, including ongoing investment in equipment, training material, facilities, and tools. Additionally, in partnership with the school’s industry councils, IYRS employs a continuous improvement methodology focused on curricula and delivery methods. With rapid changes in technology that impact some of IYRS’ programs, it is vital that capital be available to keep pace with industry needs.

Building and Grounds

IYRS’ extraordinary main campus is comprised of two historic structures; the Aquidneck mill building, built in 1831and on the National Register of Historic Places; and Restoration Hall, built in1903 and part of Newport’s working waterfront heritage. The school also maintains a commercial marina, largely dedicated to historic boats. In addition, IYRS maintains a campus in Bristol, RI. Regular maintenance and upgrades are an important part of ensuring the integrity of the combined IYRS campus experience–both for the students and the thousands of visitors that make IYRS a destination site.

To discuss designated gifts to IYRS, please contact Lindsay Mitchell at 401-848-5777, ext. 209.