Congratulations to Connor Bradley of Morro Bay, CA., the recipient of our Maritime Workers Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any incoming or current college student who is studying engineering, mechanics, or other related maritime careers.
Connor, 19, a recent graduate of Morro Bay High School, will attend the Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA., this fall and will pursue a marine transportation degree. Cal Maritime Academy is part of the California State University system and is the only maritime academy on the West Coast.
Connor learned his love of the sea from helping his father on the family’s 26-foot fishing boat. “That started my love of the ocean. I’ve never been seasick in my entire life,’’ he said. He expects to graduate with a U.S. Coast Guard license, Third Mate.
The capriciousness of fishing taught him to respect the hard work of the local fishing community in Morro Bay. Connor wrote: “Fishing with my father helped me realize the value of hard work and delayed gratification as there is never a guarantee that we will come home with anything.”
His desire to pursue a maritime career was further spurred by becoming an ocean lifeguard. All lifeguards must be in great physical shape, but the ocean, with its vast and powerful currents, adds another layer of difficulty.
“The ocean is a constantly changing dynamic,” he said. Ocean lifeguards must constantly adjust to these dynamics.
Connor is a high achiever who says he learns “by doing,” and he does quite a bit.
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Connor lettered in four varsity sports at Morro Bay High School. He is also an Eagle Scout, an accomplishment only about 6 % of Boy Scouts achieve. At first, he said, he joined the Scouts for the camping experiences and to make friends, but getting merit badges became very satisfying to him.
“It was a really satisfying feeling to be able to complete these requirements. There are a lot of things that I am capable of doing that even I didn’t think I could do.”
Connor is the son of Craig and Jeanell Bradley, and brother to Curtis.
Laborde Earles Injury Law Firm began this scholarship to support students who wish to pursue careers in the important maritime industry. Maritime workers are a crucial part of our community; in fact, Southern Louisiana leads the nation in maritime workers.
For more information on the Maritime Workers Scholarship, check out our site.