Williams-Mystic to Receive Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 7, 2018—The Williams-Mystic program has been named for the National Maritime Historical Society’s (NMHS) Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Education. The award, which will be presented on May 2, 2019, at the National Maritime Awards Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., recognizes individuals and organizations whose outstanding achievements in maritime education bring history alive for undergraduate students.

“The National Maritime Historical Society is honored to present Williams-Mystic with the NMHS Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education for its leadership as the only undergraduate studies program examining the history, literature, policy and science of the sea, resulting in several thousand informed alumni prepared for societal leadership with a balanced understanding of the critical historical and current role the sea plays in our social, economic, political, environmental and cultural world,” says Burchenal Green, president of the National Maritime Historical Society.

Founded in 1977, the Williams-Mystic program offers students from Williams College and other colleges and universities the opportunity to take courses, pursue independent projects, and participate in three extended field seminars—all focused on the sea—for a semester at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn.

“Williams-Mystic has transformed the lives of so many young people over the years, and it is a true honor to be recognized with this award,” says Tom Van Winkle, executive director of Williams-Mystic.

Past recipients of the NMHS Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Education include National Geographic, Conservation International, David Rockefeller, and Ted Turner, among others.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.