2017 applications are now closed. The next application period will open in August 2017
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
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
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:
Thirty-three scholarships and training grants will be offered in these categories
- 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,
The deadline for receipt of applications was November 18, 2017 at midnight U.S. Eastern
Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2017.
Only online submissions will be accepted.
- 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
- 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
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 undergraduateacademic and research programs in the field of marine conservation.
$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.
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.
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
Basic Dive Training Grants
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.