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Memorial Scholarships

Cecelia A. Connelly

Cecelia A. Connelly

Cecelia (mother of 10) was certified in 1972, became an instructor in 1976 and was the YMCA's oldest active female instructor. She was a Gold Star instructor who trained over 500 students and logged over 1000 hours underwater on 2000+ dives. Her most memorable accomplishments include diving the Andrea Doria, testifying at Gentile vs. NOAA USS Monitor hearings, working with the Atlantic Alliance (Cross Creek, NJ), doing underwater archaeological work in Caesarea, Israel, and helping recover the only intact canal barge in the US.