Receiving the MAPS award is an incredible assistance in increasing the scope of my license and pursuit of more experience as a mariner.  Operating on a limited-license can be challenging at times and financially straining to pursue further endorsements and the support of The Young Firm and MAPS award will greatly assist me in furthering my career and education as a mariner. I think the fact that The Young Firm offers the MAPS Award demonstrates a dedication to the Maritime Industry and individual seaman that is unparalleled by any other legal firm or advocacy group. There is very little financial aid available that is not employer-driven and the individual mariner in pursuit of credential upgrades is often-times challenged by the financial strain of required courses and endorsements.