TK Maritime Scholarship
From a young age, J. Torben Karlshoej had an immense interest in the sea and ships. During his early 20s he traveled from his home in Denmark to the United States. After immigrating to the U.S., the young visionary delved into his nautical fascination and established his own shipping company known as the Teekay Shipping Group. Since its inception, the company has been a worldwide leader and innovator in the evolution of the maritime industry. Unable to continue his education past high school, J.Torben Karlshoej understood the power that education had to help those in disadvantaged circumstances gain a better life. Filled with human compassion and an appreciation for the seafarers who worked tirelessly by risking their lives at sea, Karlshoej became known for lending a hand to his seafarers who endured personal hardships. His contributions—not only in the shipping industry but to his employees and the community around him—made him a respected figure within shipping circles. Upon his passing, the TK Foundation was established with the values that J. Torben Karlshoej lived by to further the causes that he cared for so courageously and diligently.
Since its establishment in 2002, the TK Foundation has supported the wellbeing of seafarers, youth, and the maritime industry. The Foundation is optimistic about its continual growth and ability to help people interested in the Maritime industry.
The TK Foundation, in Partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, offers scholarships to students with a desire to pursue a degree in a maritime major at a U. S. University. Maritime scholarships grant up to $10,000 scholarships. Students may reapply for continued funding while pursuing an undergraduate education.