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WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants Description

Applications for the 2021 WDHOF Scholarships and Training Grants are now open!

WDHOF SCHOLARSHIPS AND TRAINING 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.

SUMMARY OF SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

Scholarships for women only (14 awards):

•  Marine Conservation Scholarship – Graduate ($2000) (3 awards)

•  Marine Conservation Scholarship – Undergraduate ($1000) (3 awards)

•  Coral and Seagrass Rehabilitation Fellowship  ($2500) (4 awards)

•  Sea Turtle Conservation Grant ($2000) (1 award)

•  Underwater Archaeology – Graduate ($2000) (1 award)

•  Underwater Archaeology – Undergraduate ($750) (1 award)

•  Journalism, Graphic Arts, Photography, or Videography Scholarship ($1500) (1 award)

Scholarships for women or men (3 awards):

•  Undergraduate Marine Research Internship ($1000) (1 award)

•  Sea to Space Extreme Environment Physiology Grant ($5000) (2 awards)

Training grants for women only (17 awards):

•  Basic dive training (learn to dive) ($1000) (9 awards)

•  Advanced dive training ($1000) (6 awards)

•  Hard hat dive training ($1000) (1 award)

•  Instructor advanced education ($2000) (1 award)

Training grants for women or men (7 awards):

•  Basic or advanced dive training for candidates in ROTC, JROTC, military academy, Sea Scout or Sea Cadet ($1000) (1 award)

•  Disabled diver (beginner or advanced) or instructor to assist disabled to dive ($1000) (1 award)

•  Diver medical education (£1000 value) (2 awards)

•  Diving emergency medical responder grants ($500 value) (3 awards)

HOW TO APPLY

•  The WDHOF application system is Google-based.  Applicants will need to set up a Google account so that you can upload required documents (e.g., letters of recommendation).

•  All applications require TWO letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your ability to complete the proposed project or training.  

•  You may only apply for ONE scholarship or training grant.

•  You MUST apply online; emailed applications will not be accepted.

•  No applications will be accepted after the published deadline.   No exceptions.

•  Click HERE for complete instructions and applications.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: DESCRIPTIONS

Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, seagrass and coral rehabilitation, sea turtle conservation, extreme environment physiology, and journalism/graphic arts/photography/videography.  They are intended to support independent research, field work, and conservation/rehabilitation activities, as specified in the descriptions. Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships are paid directly to the recipient.

NEW FOR 2020: BONNIE CARDONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN JOURNALISM, GRAPHIC ARTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, OR VIDEOGRAPHY 

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman diver who is enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S. or Canada in the field of journalism, graphic arts, photography, or videography and who plans to use her education/training to better serve the ocean environment or ocean community. The scholarship may be used to support tuition, participation in a journalism, graphic arts, or photography workshop, or an internship program at an accredited university.  It may not be used for student loan payments, housing, or prior incurred expenses.    The application should detail specific plans for how the scholarship will be used, and how the outcome of the scholarship will be applied to better serve the ocean environment or ocean community.   

Sponsored by WDHOF Members Michele Hall, Drey Stockert, and Karen Straus in memory of WDHOF Member Bonnie Cardone

NEW FOR 2020: LAUREL CLARK SEA TO SPACE PHYSIOLOGY RESEARCH GRANT 

Two (2) $5000 grants will be awarded to support graduate research in extreme environment physiology (diving, altitude, and/or space)Females and males with current or pending enrollment in a degree-granting graduate program are eligible to apply. A research proposal detailing the objectives, hypotheses to be tested, methods, anticipated results, and alternative approaches is required. The grant is for 18 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 at an academic conference and/or submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal within 6 months of project completion. A detailed budget, with justification, is required with the application. Only direct costs related to the research will be covered (e.g., equipment, supplies, travel, partial tuition); the grant opportunity does not cover indirect costs and cannot be used solely for tuition. A financial report detailing how funds were used will be due no later than 18 months after the award is issued. 

Sponsored by Jon Clark, in memory of his wife Dr. Laurel Clark, medical doctor, US Navy Captain, accomplished diver, and NASA astronaut

MARINE CONSERVATION SCHOLARSHIPS (women only)

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.

MARINE CONSERVATION GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (women only)

Three 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:

• WDHOF member Meg Donat

• The Rachel Morrison Memorial Graduate Conservation Scholarship Fund  (John and Jeanne Morrison, in memory of their daughter Rachel)

• Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

MARINE CONSERVATION UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (women only)

Three scholarships ($1000 each) 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: Sherry Reed Memorial Undergraduate Marine Conservation Scholarship (sponsored by family and friends of WDHOF Member Sherry Reed)

• Blue Green Expeditions (WDHOF Member Faith Ortins)  

• Blue World/Oceanic Research Group, Inc. (WDHOF member Christine Bird)

SUSAN L. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIPS IN CORAL AND SEAGRASS REHABILITATION  (women only)

Four fellowships, $2500 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.

J. BERMAN MEMORIAL GRANT FOR SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION  (women only)

One $2000 grant will be awarded to a qualified woman of any age to advance the conservation of sea turtles.  Applicants do not need to be students or enrolled in a degree-granting program. The funds are intended to support a sea turtle conservation activity--and not conservation research. The funds will support field work, supplies, or equipment that directly support the conservation activity.  Funds cannot be used to support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments. A conservation plan should be clearly defined to detail the actual conservation activity and the anticipated outputs and outcomes. The budget should be specific. The applicant should clearly state to whom and how the results of the conservation activity will be communicated to resource managers or regulatory agencies. 

            Sponsored by the J. Berman Memorial Fund.          

CECELIA CONNELLY SCHOLARSHIPS IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY (women only)

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.  

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

CECELIA CONNELLY GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY 

One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a woman 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.  APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

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. 

UNDERGRADUATE MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (women or men)

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 months (or completed during a summer session), though longer duration exceptions will be considered.  DEADLINE for application is JAN 15, 2021.  

            Sponsored by WDHOF members Devonna (Sue) Shoemaker, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

TRAINING GRANTS: DESCRIPTIONS

Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training. WDHOF and our sponsors offer several dive training grants for both beginners and for certified divers to advance their skills. For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee.  For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the grantee must submit an invoice, and funds will be transferred to the grantee’s bank account.

BASIC DIVE TRAINING GRANTS: LEARN TO DIVE

Nine basic dive training grants are being offered to women only.  The grants are for $1000: $500 for dive training and up to $500 for dive gear.  Dive training must culminate in a certification from an nationally recognized diver-training agency. 

•  Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grant for Young Women 

• 1 award for a young woman, age 15-21, who wishes to begin her dive training

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

•  Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grant for Women of Any Age 

• 2 awards for women of any age and background who wish to begin her dive training through a PADI scuba certification course.

• Training sponsored by Kids Sea Camp (WDHOF member Margo Peyton)

• Equipment sponsored by  Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

·   Women Divers Hall of Fame Basic Dive Training Grants

• 4 awards for women of any age and background who wish to begin their dive training

• Sponsored by Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

    Women Divers Hall of Fame Member-Sponsored Basic Dive Training Grants 

  • 2 awards for women of any age and background who wish to begin their dive training

       Sponsored by

ADVANCED DIVE TRAINING GRANTS: FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS

Six advanced dive training grants are being offered to women divers of any age and background who wish to further their dive education through approved scuba diving programs beyond the basic certification level. The grants are for $1000: $500 for dive training and up to $500 for dive gear.  Dive training must culminate in a certification from an nationally recognized diver-training agency. 

  • 1 grant for for recreational use

Sponsored by WDHOF member Bonnie Toth

  • 1 grant to advance diving skills needed for the applicant’s profession

Sponsored by Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

  • 1 grant to support advanced training in technical or cave diving

Sponsored by Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

  • 1 grant to support advanced dive training for any purpose

Sponsored by Blue Green Expeditions (WDHOF Member Faith Ortins)  

  • 2 grants to suppord advanced dive training for PADI AOW, Rescue, Dive Master, or Instructor courses through a PADI dive shop

Training sponsored by Ocean Wishes (WDHOF member Margo Peyton)

Equipment sponsored by Donations to the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

BASIC OR ADVANCED DIVE TRAINING GRANTS

The grants are for $1000: $500 for dive training and up to $500 for dive gear.  Dive training must culminate in a certification from an nationally recognized diver-training agency.

  • 1 grant to a young female or male who wants 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 Women’s Scuba Association/WDHOF co-founder and member Jennifer King

  • 1 grant to a disabled person (female or male) who wants to begin or further his/her dive education, or to a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor (female or male) to gain the required education/training to assist or teach the disabled to dive

Training sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Kathy Weydig and friends of Hugh Fletcher

Equipment sponsored by The Sister Fund

  • 1 grant to a female 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 WDHOF Member Amelia Behrens-Furniss

SPECIALTY DIVE TRAINING GRANTS

INSTRUCTOR ADVANCED EDUCATION TRAINING GRANT  (Women Only)

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.  A report detailing how the grant was used to increase and apply new skills is required.  

            Sponsored by WDHOF member Jeanne Bear Sleeper

DIVER MEDICAL EDUCATION GRANTS  (Women or Men)

Five training grants will be awarded to qualified females or males.  No funds will be awarded; training is provided directly by the Diver Medic.

Sponsored by the Diver Medic / WDHOF member Chantelle Newman). 

Two grants (valued at £1000 each) will be awarded for Diver Medical Training to a qualified female or male in 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.

3 grants (valued at $500 each) for EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder Courses will be awarded to females or males in the USA or Canada.  For more details of the online courses, please check the Diver Medic website (https://www.thedivermedic.com/newpage). On successful completion, the student will receive a certificate and certification card.

Please direct any questions about the WDHOF Scholarship and Grant application process to wdhofapplications@gmail.com