Scholarships & Grants - How to Apply

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ALL BUT ONE SCHOLARSHIP IS
OCTOBER 31, 2021 AT 5:00 PM EASTERN U.S. TIME.  

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IS
JANUARY 15, 2022 AT 5:00 PM EASTERN U.S. TIME.

Please Note:

Application Steps:

Step #1 Download the Application Template PDF    (see description page)
  • Find the award you are interested in on the scholarship description page.
  • Click on “Application Template (.pdf)”
  • Download and save. Convert to .doc if you wish.
  • Review and use this form to prepare for your online application.
  • There are word limits for ‘paragraph’ responses. Please keep in mind that in many cases, reviewers will be reading many applications: those that provide the most important information in a succinct manner often make the best impression.
Step #2 Obtain Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Obtain two letters of recommendation from persons in your community, i.e., professors, teachers, scuba instructors, employers, mentors, resource managers, etc.
  • If the recommender is associated with a business, school, university, agency, please ask her/him to submit the letter on official letterhead stationery.
  • Give your recommenders enough time to write a recommendation. Ask early: you cannot complete and submit your application without uploading two letters of recommendation (LORs). YOU will upload the LOR’s; your recommenders will not have access to your application and they cannot upload their letters of recommendation directly.  
  • If your recommenders are reluctant to give you a copy of their recommendation letters, you may want to ask yourself why; perhaps she/he would not be giving you a strong recommendation. If you are adamant about a recommendation from that reviewer, please ask the recommender to contact wdhofapplications@gmail.com This is a last resort; it is STRONGLY advised that you upload your two letters of recommendation. We expect to have hundreds of applications; if you upload your letters of recommendation, they will be easily linked to your application.
  • It cannot be overemphasized how important it is to name your uploaded documents (including letters of recommendation) as specified on the application form.  Failure to name these documents correctly may result in your application being rejected.
Step #3 Obtain Academic Transcripts.
  • This only applies to some of the scholarships. It is not required for training grants.
Step #4 Complete Your Online Application (emailed applications will NOT be accepted!).
  • Return to the award you are interested in on the scholarship description page.
  • Click on “Online Application”
  • Complete the form online (if you used the PDF template, you should be able to copy/paste directly from the template).
  • Press ‘Submit’ to complete the Application.
  • You will receive an email copy of your Application as submitted. Please save this email as documentation that your application was submitted.
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