MAST graduate receives award

KEYPORT – Skye Blanks, a 2017 graduate of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for service, given by the George Washington Excellence in Student life Award committee and the university’s Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC). Blanks was unable to attend the awards ceremony since he was studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The Keyport resident is also a Treasury Scholar for the U.S Department of the Treasury, working in the Office of Development Results and Accountability, within the Office of International Affairs. His work here includes analyzing international economic development policies and reviewing country strategies, projects, and evaluations for the Multilateral Development Banks. Blanks also serves as the Junior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and serves as the Director of the Knowledge Hubs (KHubs) project, institutions or networks dedicated to capture, share and exchange development experiences with national and international partners to accelerate development for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Here he specializes in the ICSB’s Entrepreneurship certificate programs. Blanks is pursuing his undergraduate studies in International Affairs at the University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a minor in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at the School of Business. He is President of First Gen United (FGU), the university’s only student organization for first-generation college students, an organization that assists first-generation college students in the areas of Social Support, Advocacy, and Academics. He is the son of Donald and Kathy Blanks of Keyport.


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