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2015 WOMEN DIVERS HALL OF FAME
SCHOLARSHIPS AND TRAINING GRANTS

Applications are now open and must be received by November 28, 2014.

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 conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, information technology, marine education, and journalism, graphic arts, or photography. They are intended to support tuition and fees, independent research, and/or internship programs at an accredited university. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient.

The following scholarships will be awarded in 2015:

  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF Scholarship in Marine or Underwater Education ($2,000)
  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF/Lifeguard Systems-Public Safety Diving Scholarship (1-yr tuition)
  • WDHOF/Aggressor/Dancer Fleet Graduate Scholarship in Marine Conservation ($2,000)
  • WDHOF/Cecelia Connelly Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology,
    sponsored by the Connelly family ($2,000)
  • WDHOF/Cecelia Connelly Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology,
    sponsored by the Connelly family ($750)
  • WDHOF/Elizabeth Greenhalgh Memorial Scholarship in Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography,
    sponsored by Deb Greenhalgh ($1,500)
  • WDHOF Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Conservation, sponsored by Sherry A. Reed ($1,000)
  • WDHOF Undergraduate Marine Research Internship in Marine Biology,
    sponsored by Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D. ($1,000)

  • Training grants provide funding for diver and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment. 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.
  • The following training grants are available for 2015:
  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF/Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant ($2,000)
  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF/Code Blue Education Ltd. Diver Medic Training Grant ($2,000)
  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF/Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grant ($1,000)
  • WDHOF Advanced Dive Training Grant, sponsored by Bonnie Toth ($1,000)
  • WDHOF/Amelia Behrens-Furniss Memorial Hardhat Diver Training Grant ($1,000)
  • WDHOF/Hugh Fletcher Memorial Training Grant to Assist the Disabled to Dive sponsored by Kathy Weydig ($1,000)
  • WDHOF/Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grants, sponsored by Margo Peyton (2 grants, $500 each)
  • WDHOF/Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant ($1,000)
  • WDHOF/Scuba Made Easy Training Grant in Marine Science, Oceanography, or Ocean Engineering ($500)
  • WDHOF/Women’s Scuba Association Dive Training Grant ($750)

How to apply: You may only apply for one scholarship/grant per year. Applicants MUST complete the online application form. Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions and application instructions carefully. All scholarships/grants require the applicant to submit a biography/resume/curriculum vitae, an essay, and two letters of recommendation. Some of the scholarships/training grants require additional information, or are for specific purposes. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the application instructions, please email: scholarships@wdhof.org.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 28, 2014 at midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2015. Only online submissions will be accepted.

 

Click here to begin the application process.

SCHOLARSHIPS

NEW THIS YEAR!!! 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 in marine or underwater STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs for students in grades K-12. The scholarship may also be used to support independent research by an educator in any underwater STEM area. Applicants should hold a degree (or equivalent certificate) in education, museum studies, or other relevant area, and have experience teaching marine science, technology, or engineering at any K-12 level.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF / LIFEGUARD SYSTEMS PUBLIC SAFETY DIVING SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship to take an unlimited number of any Lifeguard Systems open, 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 will most likely also be able to take additional training programs from at least one other water rescue/recovery training agency.

Learn more about Lifeguard Systems

 

WDHOF / AGGRESSOR AND DANCER FLEET GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN MARINE CONSERVATION

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified woman of any age who is enrolled in an accredited GRADUATE academic or research program in the field of marine conservation. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or may be used to support independent research or an internship program at an accredited university.

Learn more about the Aggressor Fleet

Learn more about the Dancer Fleet

 

WDHOF/CECELIA CONNELLY MEMORIAL GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY, sponsored by the Connelly family

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman graduate student. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or field study costs and is open to candidates worldwide. 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. There is no applicant age limit.

Learn more about Cecelia Connelly.

 

WDHOF/CECELIA CONNELLY MEMORIAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY, sponsored by the Connelly family

A $750 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman undergraduate student. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or field study costs and is open to candidates worldwide. An overall GPA of 2.5 or better is required and the applicant must be in good standing with her academic institution. There is no applicant age limit.

Learn more about Cecelia Connelly.

 

WDHOF/ELIZABETH GREENHALGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
IN JOURNALISM, GRAPHIC ARTS, OR PHOTOGRAPHY,
sponsored by Deb Greenhalgh

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.

Learn more about Elizabeth Greenhalgh.

 

WDHOF MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN MARINE BIOLOGY,
sponsored by Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

A $1,000 scholarship 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 have completed at least 60 credits or hold third year (junior) status prior to starting the internship.

 

WDHOF UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN MARINE CONSERVATION,
sponsored by Sherry A. Reed

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving UNDERGRADUATE woman who is enrolled in an accredited academic or research program in the field of marine conservation. Special consideration will be given to those women who are scuba certified. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or may be used to support independent research or an internship program at an accredited university.

 

TRAINING GRANTS

 

 
WDHOF ADVANCED DIVE TRAINING GRANT
sponsored by Bonnie Toth

A $1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving woman diver of any age and background who wishes to further her dive education through an approved scuba diving program beyond the basic certification level. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient MUST use the funds for training BEFORE she uses the award to purchase dive equipment. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

 
WDHOF / AMELIA BEHRENS-FURNISS MEMORIAL HARDHAT 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. Up to $1,000 may be used for dive training. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program, the training facility must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient.

 
NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF / CODE BLUE EDUCATION LTD DIVER MEDIC TRAINING GRANT

A $2000.00 training grant ($1275.00 for training and up to $725.00 for food and accommodations) will be awarded to a deserving male or female who wishes to further his/her diving training/education as a diver medic technician. The recipient must enroll in an approved Diver Medic Training facility with Code Blue Education Ltd in the United Kingdom. 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.

Learn more about Code Blue Education Ltd and course details

 
NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF / ELLA JEAN MORGAN MEMORIAL
DIVE TRAINING GRANT

A $1,000 training grant will be awarded to a deserving young female, 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. The recipient MUST use the funds for training BEFORE she uses the award to purchase 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 enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

Learn more about WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan

 

WDHOF / HUGH FLETCHER MEMORIAL TRAINING GRANT
TO ASSIST THE DISABLED TO DIVE sponsored by Kathy Weydig

A $1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) 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. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for adaptive dive equipment. The recipient MUST use the funds for training BEFORE he/she uses the award to purchase adaptive dive equipment. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases adaptive dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

Learn more about Hugh Fletcher

 
WDHOF / KIDS SEA CAMP BASIC DIVE TRAINING GRANTS,
sponsored by Margo Peyton

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 enroll in approved PADI diving courses/programs at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training facility must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient.

Learn more about Kids Sea Camp.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!!! WDHOF / 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.

Learn more about Morgan/O'Neill Underwater Photography

 

WDHOF / 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. The recipient MUST use the funds for training BEFORE she uses the award to purchase dive equipment. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

Learn more about Ocean Pals

WDHOF / SCUBA MADE EASY TRAINING GRANT IN MARINE SCIENCE, OCEANOGRAPHY OR OCEAN ENGINEERING

A $500 training grant will be awarded to a deserving woman diver of any age, working in the areas of marine science, oceanography or ocean engineering. The training grant is to be used for the purpose of continuing diver education/training and is open to candidates worldwide. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program, the training facility must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient.

Learn more about Scuba Made Easy

 

WDHOF / WOMEN'S SCUBA ASSOCIATION TRAINING GRANT
sponsored by Jennifer King

A $750 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $250 for dive 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. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $250 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient MUST use the funds for training BEFORE he/she uses the award to purchase dive equipment. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility/vendor, and not to the recipient.

 

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