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WDHOF 2018 Scholarship and Training Grants Description

2018 applications NOW open!!

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 marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs. They do not support living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient.

Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (but only after dive training has been completed). 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.  For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training.

How to apply:

  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year, however, if you are not selected for the scholarship or training grant for which you applied, and you are qualified for another scholarship/training grant, you may be considered for another award.
  • Full descriptions and requirements are detailed below for each of the awards.   Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions very carefully, and refer to the specific requirements as you complete your application.
  • All applications require two letters of recommendation that must be submitted directly by the recommender, and not by the applicant.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  • Applicants MUST complete the online application form.
  • Incomplete and/or late applications (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration.  

If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31, 2017, at midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2018. Only online submissions will be accepted and no exceptions will be made for late submissions.

 

OUR SPONSORS
  • 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
  • New this year: Diving Matrix U.K.
  • Meg Donat (WDHOF member)
  • Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D. (WDHOF member)
  • New this year: Human in the System Consulting
  • New this year: Interdive UK
  • 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 (NAUI)
  • Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn)
  • Erin O’Neill (WDHOF member)
  • New this year: Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • 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

SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Full descriptions and requirements are detailed below for each of the awards. Please refer to the specific scholarship/grant requirements as you complete your application.

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 2017-2018.  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; they will not support living expenses or educational loan payments.  

The following sponsors are each supporting $2000 scholarships to qualified applicants who are enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program:

WDHOF member Sherry Reed is sponsoring a $1000 undergraduate conservation scholarship: available only to women enrolled in undergraduate academic and research programs in the field of marine conservation.

Cecelia Connelly Graduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology
A $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman of any age who is enrolled in an accredited graduate-level course of study in the field of underwater archaeology.  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. The funds are intended to assist with research or field study costs, and not with living expenses or student loan payments. Sponsored by the Connelly family, in memory of their mother and WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly.

Cecelia Connelly Undergraduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology
A $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.

WDHOF Scholarship in Education (Marine or Freshwater)
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 marine or freshwater environments.  The project may include 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 (marine or freshwater) 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. The scholarship is intended to support planning or conducting the education project; it is not intended to support living expenses.  Sponsored by WDHOF.


Undergraduate Marine Research Internship
A $1,000 internship in marine biology 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 provide documentation to verify that they have completed at least 60 credits or hold third year (junior) status prior to starting the internship. Sponsored by WDHOF members Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

Instructor Advanced Education Scholarship
This scholarship is open to women who are certified scuba diving instructors and have trained and certified a minimum of 25 open water divers. The $2,000 scholarship 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 scholarship 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 scholarship 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.

TRAINING GRANT DESCRIPTIONS

Basic Dive Training Grants

  • 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.  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. 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. 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. Sponsored by Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn) and WDHOF co-founder Beneath The Sea, Inc.
  • New this year: PADI Young Explorer 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 13-17, 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. The training/equipment facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training/equipment facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
  • Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grant: A $500 training grant will be awarded to a deserving woman diver 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. The training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by Kids Sea Camp and WDHOF member Margo Peyton.
  • Women’s Scuba Association Dive Training Grant for Students in ROTC, JROTC, Military Academy or Sea Cadets

A $1,500 training grant (up to $750 for training and $750 for 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. 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. Sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Jennifer King.

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.
  • New this year: One week of technical training in the UK by Diving Matrix, to be used on any one-week course offered by Diving Matrix.   The grant is open to serious applicants, male or female, who want to accelerate their diving skills. Applicants must be certified divers, 18 or older, with diving experience that is commensurate with the course you intend to take. Please refer to the Diving Matrix web site for complete details of training courses and pre-requisites.  Your application should include details about your diving qualifications. Documented proof of prerequisite requirements must be presented to the dive center for approval prior to any in-water training; copies should be included in your application for this award. This grant is for tuition only and has a value of  £1000.   Note that no funds will be awarded to the recipient, and no additional funding will be provided for equipment, travel, or other expenses related to the training. Qualifications gained will be issued by RAID. Sponsored by Diving Matrix UK (Olivier van Overbeek).

Scuba Leadership Grants

  • New this year: PADI 4 Change

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI scuba leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change.  Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in any of the following PADI Four Pillars will be considered: Ocean Health, Marine Animal Protection, People and Community, and Healing and Wellness. $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and PADI will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved PADI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. The PADI training facility will contact PADI for subject materials. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

  • NAUI Scuba Leadership Grant

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through approved NAUI scuba leadership diving programs (Assistant Instructor, Dive Master, Instructor).  Please refer to www.naui.org/certifications/leadership/ for details. $1000 will be awarded for tuition (for NAUI leadership training courses only; not for equipment), and the NSG (NAUI Services Group) will provide the required training materials (books/materials) valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved NAUI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds will be paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient.  The NAUI training facility will contact NSG for subject materials. Sponsored by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors).

Specialty Dive Training Grants

New this year:Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST) Training 
The IMCA ALST (306) course at Interdive is an entry-level course providing students the first step to commencing a career primarily in the offshore oil and gas industry, but also in other applications in saturation diving and hyperbaric oxygen administration. Certified ALSTs assist the Life Support Technician and the Life Support Supervisor on board vessels, structures or inshore operations, and are responsible for maintaining daily living and monitoring safe conditions for divers while in saturation, and patients undergoing suspected DCS or medical conditions that improve with the treatment of oxygen at pressure. The grant is open to male and female applicants, over the age of 18, and able to speak, read, and write in English. A basic knowledge of physics and mathematics is recommended. This is a 2-week (10 day) course that provides comprehensive theory as well as practical training in the operation of a twin entry air treatment chamber. Refer to the Interdive training web site for more details.   Upon completion of this course you will be awarded an IMCA certification, which is a recognized qualification internationally. Value of the course is £1250 and only covers the 10-day training and certification.  Sponsored by Interdive U.K. (Craig Sawkins).

Lifeguard Systems Public Safety Diving Grant
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).

Recreational/Public Safety Diver Medical Technician Grants
Four grants (valued at $2000/£2000 each) will be awarded for Diver Medic recreational/public safety diver medical technician training: two (one male, one female) for the USA/Caribbean/Mexico/Canada areas, and two (one male, one female) 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 online Diver Medic theory training (approximately 40 hours), which can be done at the student’s own pace, anywhere in the world as long as he/she has Internet connection. Upon completion of the Diver Medic online course, the student has 3 months to book into one of the Diver Medic locations worldwide to complete his/her 3 to 4 day practical training. The grant covers online and practical training; 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 practical training locations.  On successful completion, the student will receive a certificate and certification card. Sponsored by the Diver Medic (WDHOF member Chantelle Newman).  

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

Hugh Fletcher Memorial Disabled Diver Training Grant
One $500 training grant will be awarded to any disabled diver who wishes to pursue or further his/her dive education, 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. When the recipient completes an approved diving course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF.  The grant is for dive training only, and not for equipment. Funds will be paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by WDHOF co-founder and member Kathy Weydig and friends of Hugh Fletcher.

New this year: Human Factors Skills in Diving
Ten scholarship/grant awardees will also receive an online training grant for the micro-course: “Human Factors Skills in Diving”, developed to improve communication, teamwork, situational awareness, and decision-making skills of divers to improve their diving safety. Sponsored by Gareth Lock, Human in the System Consulting.