FAQs

  1. Who is eligible for the award program?
  2. What is the amount of the award?
  3. Can I use my award at other marine training facilities?
  4. How do I apply for MAPS?
  5. What forms/documents are needed to apply for MAPS?
  6. Where do I send my completed award application?
  7. When do I need to apply for the award?
  8. If I miss the deadline, can I still apply?
  9. Can I apply for more than one award?
  10. How do you choose a winner?
  11. When and how will the award winners be announced?
  12. If I am selected, how do I accept my award?
  13. What if you can’t reach me to give me my award? How long will you wait?
  14. If I receive the award and then decide to not attend the training facility, what happens to my award?
  15. Why does The Young Firm support mariner training?
  16. Who is responsible for the Marine Award Program for Seamen?
  17. How do I contact The Young Firm if I have a question about the award process?

 

Who is eligible for the award program?

Maritime workers who hold a valid TWIC and have the prerequisite sea time for the desired training course are eligible to apply for the Marine Award Program for Seamen. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a United States citizen
  2. Must currently hold a TWIC and able to get it updated if need be
  3. Must be able to attend one of the three Louisiana training facilities
  4. Must have the required sea time for the desired course

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What is the amount of the award?

The award will be either for $1000 or the cost of the desired course if the course does not exceed $1000.

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Can I use my award at other marine training facilities?

At this time we are only offering the award at four marine training facilities in Louisiana:

  • Delgado Community College Maritime & Industrial Training Center
  • Falck Safety Services
  • Griff’s Marine Training, Inc.(formerly LaFourche Merchant Marine Training Inc.)
  • Houston Marine Training Services
  • Martin International

While we are open to expanding the award program to other marine training facilities in other states, we cannot at this time offer that option.

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How do I apply for MAPS?

You may apply for the award online, via paper application, or in person at the facility location. To apply online, visit the application page.

To obtain a paper application, you can download it from our site, or you can call or email us at 855-783-2385 / paige@theyoungfirm.com to request a paper copy be mailed to you.

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What forms/documents are needed to apply for MAPS?

To complete the application process, you will need to provide the following:

  • Completed “MAPS Application” form
  • Photocopy of TWIC
  • Letter of Service and/or Certificate of Discharge

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Where do I send my completed award application?

 You may submit your completed application via mail, email, fax, or online form (if you are doing the online application).

Via mail:
The Young Firm
400 Poydras St. • Suite 2090
New Orleans, La 70130

Via email:
paige@theyoungfirm.com

Via fax:
504-680-4101

 

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When do I need to apply for the award?
The deadline for submission varies throughout the year. Please see the new application deadlines below.

New Application Deadlines

+ January 20th
3 awards available

+ March 20th
3 awards available

+ May 20th
3 awards available

+ July 20th
3 awards available

+ September 20th
3 awards available

+ December 20th
3 awards available

 

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If I miss the deadline, can I still apply?
If you miss one deadline, you may apply for the next award cycle. Please keep a copy of your application on file so you can resubmit for the next award cycle.
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Can I apply for more than one award?
Yes, you can reapply at the next award cycle.
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How do you choose a winner?
We review the applications and look for individuals who appear to be committed to his/her career as an offshore worker. The more information you include on your application or attached as separate documents, the better. Our winners were selected because they gave us thorough and thoughtful applications that showed they had invested time into the application process.
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When and how will the award winners be announced?
Award recipients will be contacted either via phone or mail. The winners will also be announced by first name online, via newsletter, email. You should expect to hear back regarding the winners at the end of the month during award months: March, June, September, and December.
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If I am selected, how do I accept my award?
After you have been selected as a recipient of the award, we will mail or email you a form that you must sign and return that states that you have accepted the award and will agree to attend the course you specified on your application. If you do not accept your award within two weeks, we will give it to someone else.
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What if you can’t reach me to give me my award? How long will you wait?
If for some reason you feel you won’t be available around the time we announce the winners, you must notify us in advance. If you are going offshore or out of the country on a hitch around that time, it is best to let us know so that we are aware of your absence and will account for that accordingly.
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If I receive the award and then decide to not attend the training facility, what happens to my award?
You will forfeit your award if you do not attend the course(s) you selected. Without sufficient reasoning or explanations, you will not be given the award again.
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Why does The Young Firm support mariner training?
We believe that financial difficulties should not prevent mariners from receiving the proper training they need to advance their careers, which is why we have decided to offer this award.
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Who is responsible for the Marine Award Program for Seamen?
MAPS was created by The Young Firm attorney Timothy Young, located in New Orleans, LA. The office address is 400 Poydras St. Suite 2090, New Orleans, LA 70130. Any questions or concerns should be directed to The Young Firm.
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How do I contact The Young Firm if I have a question about the award process?
You can contact us through any of the means below.

Via mail:
The Young Firm
400 Poydras St. • Suite 2090
New Orleans, La 70130

Via email:
paige@theyoungfirm.com

Via fax:
504-680-4101