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WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants Description

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2020 WDHOF SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS.

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,

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION IS OCTOBER 31, 2019, MIDNIGHT EDT.   

To apply for a scholarship or award, click on the award name or select "Application Form" from the Scholarship dropdown menu.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, and underwater education. They are intended to support independent research, field work, and/or education programs. They do not support tuition, living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient.

FOR WOMEN ONLY:

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 continue to offer several graduate and undergraduate scholarships in marine conservation, including 2 new scholarships and 2 new fellowships.

Marine Conservation Graduate Scholarships 

Four scholarships ($2000 each) will be awarded to qualified women of any age who are enrolled in an accredited graduate academic or research program in the field of marine conservation. The scholarships are intended to support independent research and/or fieldwork at an accredited university; they will not support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments.  The applicant should clearly state how the intended use of the scholarship will advance marine conservation.   

Sponsored by:

Marine Conservation Undergraduate Scholarships 

Four scholarships (2 @ $1500; 2 @ $1000) will be awarded to qualified women of any age who are enrolled in accredited undergraduate academic or research programs in the field of marine conservation. The scholarships are intended to support independent research and/or fieldwork at an accredited university; they will not support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments.  The applicant should clearly state how the intended use of the scholarship will advance marine conservation.   

Sponsored by:

NEW FOR 2020! Sea of Change/Aggressor Adventures Scholarships (Graduate)  

In partnership, the Sea of Change Foundation (SOC) and Aggressor Adventures (tm) will fund one $4000 scholarship via the Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarship program. To align with the goals of both WDHOF and those of the SOC Foundation, the awarded scholarship should focus on creating positive change for our oceans that we all love to dive and explore. The research proposed must align with SOC’s conservation prioritiesCoral Reefs: Restoration & ResilienceOcean Pollution: Action & AwarenessThreatened Species & Habitats.

Sponsored by Aggressor Adventures and Sea of Change Foundation (WDHOF member Anne Hasson).

NEW FOR 2020! Susan L. Williams Memorial Fellowships in Coral and Seagrass Rehabilitation 

Two fellowships, up to $5000 each, will be awarded to qualified female applicants of any age. The fellowships are intended to support marine fieldwork and data collection in conjunction with marine habitat rehabilitation projects. The applicant should clearly state how the intended use of the fellowship will advance the conservation, protection, and/or rehabilitation of coral reefs or sea grass habitats. The fellowships are not intended to support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments. There is no requirement that the recipients be associated with a university.  

Sponsored by the family and friends of WDHOF member Susan L. Williams.

NEW FOR 2020! J. Berman Memorial Scholarship in Sea Turtle Conservation

One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified woman of any age to advance the conservation of sea turtles.   The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited graduate academic or research program in the field of marine conservation or research. The scholarship is intended to support independent research on sea turtle conservation at an accredited university; it will support research expenses, e.g., field work, supplies, research equipment. It will not support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments.The research plan should be clearly defined and the budget should be specific. The applicant should clearly state how the results of the research will be communicated to resource managers or regulatory agencies.

Sponsored by the J. Berman Memorial Fund.
 

Two scholarships--one graduate and one undergraduate--will be awarded to two deserving women of any age who are enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate level course of study leading to a career in the field of underwater archaeology.  

Cecelia Connelly Graduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology 

One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or better, 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. The funds are intended to assist with research or field study costs, and not with living expenses or student loan payments.

Cecelia Connelly Undergraduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology

One $750 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman undergraduate student with at least a 2.5 overall GPA who is interested in pursuing a career in underwater archaeology. The scholarship is intended to support an activity that will provide an academic learning experience through such avenues as research, internships or volunteer opportunities to advance her understanding of underwater archaeology. 

Sponsored by the Connelly Family, in memory of their mother and WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly

FOR WOMEN OR MEN:

Undergraduate Marine Research Internship

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a still-matriculated undergraduate student (female or male) who will be participating in a confirmed internship program with a focus in marine biology. The internship and logistical details should be identified by the applicant and provided with their application packet. If the applicant has not yet received the internship award, s/he should provide details for one or more applications that the applicant has submitted but not yet received confirmation of the award (but note that receipt of the UMRI award is preferential to an applicant with an internship confirmed). 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; applicants must still be enrolled in an academic program during participation in the internship for which they are applying. This scholarship can be used to offset expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, research expenses) related to the internship. The internship is typically ~3 month long (or completed during a summer session), though longer duration exceptions will be considered.  DEADLINE for application is JAN 15, 2020.

Sponsored by WDHOF members Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

WDHOF Scholarship in Underwater Education 

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified applicant (female or male) to plan and implement an experiential education project for students in grades 6 -12, with a focus on marine or freshwater environments.  More than half of the student group should be female.  The project may include art, music, literature, entertainment, or STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).  Applicants should have documented experience working with this age group and facilitating this type of activity.  The scholarship is not intended to support living expenses, however, it may be used to support field expenses, including travel.   Applicants should include anticipated learning outcomes from the experience.   

Sponsored by Women Divers Hall of Fame


TRAINING GRANTS

Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment. For training conducted in the U.S., 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. An exception is for training that is not conducted in the U.S.: the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training and purchases dive equipment (if the grant includes equipment).

TRAINING GRANTS FOR YOUNG WOMEN:

Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grant for Young Women 

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. 

Sponsored by Frank Boulanger, in memory of his wife and WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan

Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant for Young Women 

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 13-15, 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.

Sponsored by Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn and WDHOF co-founder Beneath the Sea, Inc.)

PADI Young Explorer Dive Training Grant for Young Women 

A $500 training grant will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-17, who wishes to begin or continue her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Applicants with a passion for ocean exploration or conservation will be considered. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. Funds may not be used for purchase of equipment.

Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

TRAINING GRANTS FOR WOMEN OF ANY AGE:

Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grant: 

A $500 training grant will be awarded to a deserving woman of any age and background who wishes to begin her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. The award will be given to a novice diver to gain the fundamental knowledge, skills and ability to safely breathe underwater. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient.

Sponsored by Kids Sea Camp (WDHOF member Margo Peyton).

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. These grants are intended to support advanced dive training in three categories: recreational diving, professional diving (i.e., to advance diving skills needed for the applicant’s profession), and technical or cave diving.

Sponsored by:

SCUBA LEADERSHIP GRANTS FOR WOMEN ONLY: 

Instructor Advanced Education Training Grant

A $2,000 grant is open to women who are certified scuba diving instructors and have trained and certified a minimum of 25 open water divers. The purpose of the grant 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 grant 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 grant 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.

PADI 4 Change – Ocean Conservation

One training grant valued at $1,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI leadership programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change through PADI’s Pillars of Change. Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in one of the following ocean conservation pillars will be considered: Ocean Health or Marine Animal Protection. The recipient must complete an approved PADI course/program at a PADI training facility.  Funds may not be used for purchase of equipment.

Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). 

PADI 4 Change - Healing and Wellness

One training grant valued at $1,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change through PADI’s Pillars of Change. Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in the Healing and Wellness Pillar will be considered.  The recipient must complete an approved PADI course/program at a PADI training facility. Funds may not be used for purchase of equipment.

Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).


Specialty Dive Training Grants

FOR WOMEN ONLY:

Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant

A $1000 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. The grant may be used to fund master digital workshops or other developmental classes in underwater photography.  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.

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.

Sponsored by the family and friends of Amelia Behrens-Furniss.

FOR WOMEN OR MEN:

Recreational/Public Safety Diver Medical Education Grants

Two grants (valued at $1000/£1000 each) will be awarded for Diver Medical Training: one (female or male) for the USA/Caribbean/Mexico/Canada areas, and one (female or male) for the UK and Europe areas. Applicants must be over the age of 18, have at least the recreational diver certification or equivalent, and should hold a current EFR/BLS/First Aid certification. The grants cover full Diver Medical theory and Practical training (approximately 70 hours); please refer to the Diver Medic website for more details. The student will be responsible for arranging and paying for his/her own transport, accommodation and other expenses to the training locations. Please email info@thedivermedic.com for more information.  On successful completion, the student will receive a certificate and certification card.

Sponsored by the Diver Medic and DAN Europe (WDHOF member Chantelle Newman).  

Hugh Fletcher Memorial Disabled Diver Training Grant  

One $1000 training grant will be awarded to any disabled diver who wishes to pursue or further his/her dive education, or to a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor to gain the required education/training to assist or teach the disabled to dive. Candidates can be female or male. Up to $500 may be used for training and up to $500 may be used to buy adaptive equipment for handicapped divers or diver training.

Sponsored by:

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

A $1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and $500 for equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young female or male who wishes to begin or further her/his dive education/training. Candidates must be enrolled in an ROTC or JROTC program, military academy or be a Sea Cadet or Sea Scout.

Sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Jennifer King.

 

Please direct any questions about WDHOF Scholarships and Grants to wdhofgrants@gmail.com