Inaugural recipients of the Achim Boehme Scholarship program announced

The first four recipients of of the Achim Boehme Scholarship, launched by Lomar and the Libra Group in memory of Lomar’s late CEO, have been announced. The undergraduates at City University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany (Hochschule Bremen), have been awarded bursaries from a program that perpetuates Achim’s legacy to support the next generation of leaders in the shipping sector.

The 2021 scholars are: Kelly O’Grady from New Jersey, USA; Gonzalo E. Vallejo Moller from Venezuela; and Desmond Botchway from Ghana, are all studying for a B.Sc in International Ship Management – Nautical Sciences. The fourth recipient, Soufiane Zakri from Morocco, is pursuing a B.A. in International Shipping and Chartering.

Lomar CEO Nicholas Georgiou, says: Achim was always supportive of young people pursuing careers in the shipping industry. He was a great leader and mentor to many who have since pursued careers in shipping and this scholarship program is a fitting tribute to a lifelong champion of promising young people. It is now helping to educate and develop the leaders of tomorrow, and we thank all who have supported and contributed generously to this scholarship.”

Professor Captain Thomas Jung from the City University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, said: “Achim Boehme contributed hugely to the shipping industry, to education and to the City of Bremen. We have been honoured to work with Lomar to develop this scholarship, which is now actively supporting the future careers of students who will hopefully follow in the footsteps of Achim Boehme and become a leader of the industry in the decades to come.”

Achim Boehme tragically lost a brave, year-long battle with cancer in July 2020. The Achim Boehme Scholarship established in his memory enshrines the lifelong contribution to shipping and dedication of a legend of the industry. Its grants contribute to the cost of education, while the scheme also helps prepare students for their professional careers through vocational support and the arrangement of internships within Lomar offices and on board vessels.

All of the initial recipients are shipping students at Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences in Achim’s home city of Bremen, Germany. He had a close affinity to the university and the scholarship is dedicated to students taking degree programs in International Ship Management – Nautical Sciences B.Sc. (ISMN) and International Shipping and Chartering B.A. (ISSC).

More information about the scholarship is available by clicking here and for those wishing to make contributions to the Achim Boehme Scholarship can email

Pictured (from left to right) at the City University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany (Hochschule Bremen) are undergraduate students: Desmond Botchway, Soufiane Zakri, Kelly O’Grady and Gonzalo E. Vallejo Moller.

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