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2017 WOMEN DIVERS HALL OF FAME
SCHOLARSHIPS AND TRAINING GRANTS


2017
Applications are LIVE!!!! Applications will be accepted until November 18.

The Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in dive medicine, marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, marine education, journalism, graphic arts, or photography. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs at accredited universities. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient.

Training grants provide funding for diver and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (after dive training has been completed). Funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee.

How to apply:

  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year
  • Applicants MUST complete the online application form.
  • Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions carefully.
  • Incomplete and/or late applicatios (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration.

    If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is November 18, 2016at midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2017. Only online submissions will be accepted.


    Click here to begin the application process.


    Thirty-three scholarships and training grants will be offered in these categories in 2017:


    • New This Year: Instructor Advanced Education
    • New This Year: Scuba Leadership Training
    • Marine Conservation
    • Undergraduate Marine Research
    • Underwater Archaeology
    • Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography
    • Marine or Underwater Education
    • Public Safety Diving
    • Dive Medicine
    • Underwater Photography
    • Basic Dive Training
    • Advanced Dive Training
    • Hardhat Dive Training
    • Diver Medic Training
    • Disabled Diver Training
    • Dive Training for Students in ROTC, JROTC, Military Academy, Sea Cadets
    , or Sea Scouts

OUR SPONSORS

• Aggressor Fleet (WDHOF member Anne Hasson)
• Family & friends of WDHOF member Amelia Behrens-Furniss
• Beneath The Sea
• Frank Boulanger, in memory of his wife & WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan
• Code Blue Education Ltd (WDHOF member Chantelle Newman)
• Connelly Family, in memory of their mother, WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly
• Divers Alert Network (DAN)
• Meg Donat (WDHOF member)
• Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D. (WDHOF member)
• Deb Greenhalgh (WDHOF member)
• Jennifer King (WDHOF co-founder and member)
• Lifeguard Systems (WDHOF member Andrea Zaferes)
• Sue Morra, Ph.D. (WDHOF member)
• John Morrison, in memory of his daughter Rachel Morrison
• National Association of Underwater Instructors
• Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn)
• Erin O’Neill (WDHOF member)
• Margo Peyton (WDHOF member)
• Sherry Reed (WDHOF member)
• Sea of Change Foundation (WDHOF Member Anne Hasson)
• Jeanne Bear Sleeper (WDHOF member)
• Bonnie Toth (WDHOF member)
• Kathy Weydig (WDHOF co-founder and member)
• Women Divers Hall of Fame
• And our many friends and members who support WDHOF fund-raising activities

Descriptions of Scholarships & Grants

Full descriptions and requirements are detailed below for each of the awards. Please refer to the specific scholarship/grant requirements as you complete your application.

New This Year: Instructor Advanced Education Scholarship

 

This scholarship is open to women who are certified scuba diving instructors and have trained and certified a minimum of 25 open water divers. The $2,000 scholarship is to encourage instructors to expand their own underwater-related skills by taking additional training leading to certification to teach dive specialty courses, or become certified as an instructor in a diving education skill-associated field such as CPR, O2, AED, First Aid, or earn a certificate in an industry-associated field such as chamber operation or equipment repair. The scholarship is not limited to these examples. Other courses that are post-instructor certification that improve or expand the instructor’s dive training safety or skills will be considered.  The scholarship may be used for single or multiple course fees and equipment needed for specialized diving or to teach the learned skill/specialty. The award may not be used for travel expenses. Sponsored by WDHOF member Jeanne Bear Sleeper.

 

 

New This Year: NAUI Scuba Leadership Grant

 

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through approved scuba leadership diving programs (Assistant Instructor, Dive Master, Instructor).  $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and the NSG (NAUI Services Group) will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500.   When the recipient completes an approved NAUI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient.  The NAUI training facility will contact NSG for subjectmaterials.  Sponsored by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors).

 

 

Marine Conservation Scholarships

 

Marine conservation has been our most popular and most competitive scholarship opportunity for several years.  In response to the high number of competitive applications, WDHOF and our sponsors are offering eight scholarships in marine conservation in 2017.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified women of any age who are enrolled in accredited graduate or undergraduate academic or research programs in the field of marine conservation. The scholarships are intended to support independent research or an internship program at an accredited university.  

 

The following sponsors are each supporting $2000 graduate conservation scholarships:

 

WDHOF member Sherry Reed is sponsoring a $1000 undergraduate conservation scholarship:

  • A $1000 undergraduate conservation scholarship is available only to women enrolled in undergraduate academic and research programs in the field of marine conservation.

 

 

Undergraduate Marine Research Internship

 

A $1,000 internship in marine biology will be awarded to a woman undergraduate student who is (or will be) participating in an internship program with a focus in marine biology. Students must provide documentation to verify that they have completed at least 60 credits or hold third year (junior) status prior to starting the internship. Sponsored by WDHOF members Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

 

 

Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarships in Underwater Archaeology

Two scholarships will be awarded to deserving women of any age who are graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology.  The funds are intended to assist with research or field study costs. There is no applicant age limit. Sponsored by the Connelly family, in memory of their mother and WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly.
Learn more about WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly

  • Cecelia Connelly Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology - $2,000. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required, and the applicant must be in good standing with her academic institution. First year graduate students may submit verification of a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from their final year as an undergraduate.
  • Cecelia Connelly Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology - $750. An overall GPA of 2.5 or better is required and the applicant must be in good standing with her academic institution.

 

 

Elizabeth Greenhalgh Memorial Scholarship in Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography Scholarship

 

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman diver who is furthering her education beyond high school in the field of journalism, graphic arts, or photography to better serve the ocean environment or ocean community. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or may be used to support an internship program at an accredited university. Sponsored by WDHOF member Deb Greenhalgh, in memory of her daughter Elizabeth.  Learn more about Elizabeth Greenhalgh

 

 

WDHOF Scholarship in Marine or Underwater Education

 

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified woman of any age to plan and conduct an education project with a focus on the underwater realm.  The project may include marine science, art, music, literature, entertainment or STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs for students in grades K-12.  The scholarship may also be used to support independent research in any underwater endeavor.  Applicants should hold a degree (or equivalent certificate) in education, museum studies, or other relevant area, and have documented experience in teaching at any K-12 level. Sponsored by WDHOF.

 

 

Lifeguard Systems Public Safety Diving Scholarship

 

A scholarship to take an unlimited number of any Lifeguard Systems, Levels 1-3, public safety and water rescue certification training programs for a duration of one year will be awarded to a woman 18 years of age or older, with a commitment to public safety diving and water rescue, and preferably some experience in public safety (e.g., EMT certification, volunteer firefighter, in law enforcement, forensics, etc.). The awardee might be able to stay in the host’s facility (e.g., fire department) at no cost, if such an option is available. Applicants must be certified to dive, have their own dive gear, and must be capable of getting to and from the training programs. The recipient may also be able to take additional training programs from at least one other water rescue/recovery training agency. Sponsored by Lifeguard Systems (WDHOF member Andrea Zaferes).

Learn more about Lifeguard Systems

 

 

DAN/R.W. (Bill) Hamilton Memorial Dive Medicine Research Grant

 

A $10,000 grant will be awarded to support new or continuing research in one or more of the following areas: development of decompression procedure techniques for commercial, military, technical and/or recreational divers; development of new decompression models; probability of risk/probabilistic modeling; multi-gas dive simulation; dive computer procedure/protocol and testing; and/or treatment of incomplete decompression and resulting incidents. Female or male applicants may be in any stage of their professional education or career. There is no specific requirement for the applicant to be enrolled in a degree-granting program; however, the successful applicant will have documented expertise and experience in research in one or more of the areas specified above. The grant is for 12 months, during which time the recipient will be expected to have completed the proposed research. It is expected that results of the research will be submitted for presentation and/or publication by the end of the 12-month period. Sponsored by the Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Learn more about R.W. (Bil) Hamilton

 

 

Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant

 

A $2,000 grant will be awarded to a qualified female photographer of any age to continue her professional development in the field of underwater photography.   Applicants must be certified divers with significant dive experience.  The successful applicant will be a serious, career-minded woman with the intent to (continue to) develop her career in underwater photography.   Applicants will be required to submit a photographic portfolio and an essay. The grant may be used to fund master digital workshops or other developmental classes in underwater photography, and funds will be paid directly to the instructional facility—not to the recipient.  The grant may not be used to buy equipment.  Sponsored by Frank Boulanger and WDHOF member Erin O’Neill in memory of WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan.

Learn more about Morgan/O'Neill Underwater Photography

 

 

Basic Dive Training Grants

 

  • Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grant: a $1,000 training grant will be awarded to a deserving young woman, age 15-21, who wishes to begin her dive education/training. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. An approved diving course must consist of at least 12 hours of classroom training, 12 hours of pool/confined-water training and at least 5 open-water dives and must culminate in a certification from a nationally recognized diver-training agency.  When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program and arranges to purchase dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by Frank Boulanger, in memory of his wife and WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan. 
    Learn more about WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan

 

  • Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grants: two $500 training grants will be awarded to deserving women divers of any age and background who wish to begin their dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Two awards will be given to novice divers to gain the fundamental knowledge, skills and ability to safely breathe underwater. The recipients must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by Kids Sea Camp and WDHOF member Margo Peyton.
    Learn more about Kids Sea Camp

 

  • Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant: a $1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-16, who wishes to begin or further her dive education/training. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program and arranges to purchase dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn) and WDHOF co-founder Beneath The Sea, Inc.
    Learn more about Ocean Pals

 

 

Advanced Dive Training Grants

 

Three $1,000 training grants (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to deserving women divers of any age and background who wish to further their dive education through approved scuba diving programs beyond the basic certification level. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program and arranges to purchase dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

 

  • One $1,000 training grant, sponsored by WDHOF member Bonnie Toth, will support advanced dive training for recreational divers.
  • One $1,000 training grant, sponsored by the Women Divers Hall of Fame, will support dive training to advance diving skills needed for the applicant’s profession (e.g., scientific diving).
  • One $1,000 training grant, sponsored by the Women Divers Hall of Fame, will support advanced training in technical or cave diving.

 

 

Amelia Behrens-Furniss Memorial Hardhat Dive Training Grant

 

A $1,000 grant will be awarded to a deserving woman diver of any age and background who wishes to begin or further her training in hardhat diving through an approved hardhat dive training program. The applicant should be enrolled in or attending a commercial dive school. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. This grant is sponsored by the family and friends of Amelia Behrens-Furniss.
Learn more about WDHOF member Amelia Behrens-Furniss

 

 

Code Blue Education Ltd Diver Medic Training Grant

 

Four diver medic training grants, worth up to $1275 in tuition and sponsored by Code Blue Education Ltd, will be awarded to deserving males or females who wish to further their diving training/education as a diver medic technician. The recipients must enroll in an approved Diver Medic Training facility with Code Blue Education Ltd in the United Kingdom (2 awards) or the U.S. (2 awards). Upon successful completion of the Diver Medic Technician course, the recipient will be awarded a DAN or IMCA Diver Medical Technician certification.   Applicants must be over the age of 18, have at least the recreational diver certification of Rescue Diver or equivalent, and should hold a current EFR/BLS/First Aid certification.  Sponsored by Code Blue Education Ltd (WDHOF member Chantelle Newman).
Learn more about Code Blue Education Ltd and course details

 

 

Hugh Fletcher Memorial Disabled Diver Training Grant

 

Two $500 training grants will be awarded to any disabled diver who wishes to pursue or further his/her dive education and purchase adaptive equipment, or to a dive master, assistant instructor, or instructor to gain the required education/training to assist or teach the disabled to dive. Candidates can be male or female. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program, the training facility/equipment vendor will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Kathy Weydig and friends of Hugh Fletcher.
Learn more about Hugh Fletcher

 

 

Women’s Scuba Association Dive Training Grant for Students in ROTC, JROTC, Military Academy, Sea Cadets or Sea Scouts

 

A $1,500 training grant (up to $750 for training and $750 for equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young male or female who wishes to begin or further his/her dive education/training. Candidates must be enrolled in an ROTC or JROTC program, military academy or be a Sea Cadet or Sea Scout. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program and arranges to purchase dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Jennifer King.

 

 

Click here to begin the application process.


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