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WDHOF Scholarship List

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Scholarships for 2015

Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship in Marine or Underwater Education

A $2,000 scholarship awarded to a qualified woman of any age to plan and conduct an education project in marine or underwater STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs for students in grades K-12.


Recipient(s)

LISA MULCAHY

Lisa earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and a Master’s in Marine Resources Management from Texas A&M University. Since 2007, Lisa has worked in K-12 marine and watershed education. She has taught classroom-based and outdoor aquatic science, has authored several marine science and technology articles for children, and has both created and implemented STEM curricula. In 2012, Lisa volunteered to establish the marine education program for South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize. Her goal is to help inspire and promote protecting the Belize Barrier Reef through the disciplines of marine science and engineering.


WDHOF/Undergraduate Marine Research Internship in Marine Biology, sponsored by Sue Morra, Ph.D. and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D.

A $1,000 scholarship awarded to a woman undergraduate student who is (or will be) participating in an internship program with a focus in marine biology.


Recipient(s)

ADRIANA GONZALEZ PESTANA

From Lima, Peru Adriana has spent her whole life next to the ocean. This contact with nature inspired a fascination and enchantment for the ocean and its mysteries. She is studying Marine Biology and Eco-Business at the Universidad Científica del Sur. Adriana wants to dedicate her career to the investigation of sharks for their conservation through sustainable use. She is also interested in educating and raising awareness among various stakeholders that affect the marine ecosystem, with special emphasis on children. “Diving is an important and my most favorite tool to explore their world and study them in their natural environment in real time.” She will use her internship to study the juvenile shark breeding areas in Venezuela.


JENNIFER MATHE

Jennifer is senior at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and will be finishing her B.S. in Conservation Biology with a double minor in Marine Science and Applied Statistics in May. She got her feet wet in the field of marine biology by studying abroad at the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire where she conducted research on coral diseases. Her internship will help refine her skills in marine microbiology by hands-on laboratory experience and field surveying. Jennifer hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Microbiology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.


KATIE SHOULTZ

Katie attends Arizona State University and is currentlystudying biology with a concentration in animal physiology and behavior. Her primary interest is in marine ecology and conservation, something her two-month internship in Mozambique focuses on. She plans to attend graduate school following her graduation to pursue a masters degree in marine science or oceanography. Katie has been SCUBA certified for seven years and her love of the ocean grows every time she dives. She hopes to find a career that will allow her to dive and preserve the unique ecosystems of the world’s oceans.


KERI KENNING

Keri is a junior at the University of Kansas, pursuing degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. She developed a love for marine science at a young age when her dad taught her about sea creatures, and she became a certified diver at age 14. Keri is currently studying abroad with the School for Field Studies on South Caicos, learning about marine ecology, resource management, and environmental policy. She is performing research to help the Turks and Caicos Islands develop a sustainable economy. In the future, she hopes to continue to conduct research and to spread her love for the ocean and science.


LAUREN MALINE

Lauren has been diving for 3 years and earned her open water certification her freshman year. Since then she has completed the advanced open water, wreck diver, underwater naturalist, rescue diver and first aid certifications. She plans to continue her diving classes with drift diver and underwater photography. She is currently a junior at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Research Diving and Psychology. She is secretary of the Scuba club at Saint Francis. Lauren hopes to start a career in the field of marine animal husbandry and/or rehabilitation after graduation.


NAKIA CULLAIN

Nakia is a Marine Biology student at Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University who loves combining her love for diving with her love for marine research. She has an intense passion for the ocean and her focus on conservation is a passion to help save it. To that end she has worked on many research projects around the world focusing on conservation management. “I believe that protecting and conserving species and ecosystems is extremely important, but I know that it cannot be done without scientific knowledge and concrete data to back it up.” Her internship will take her to South Africa, where she will work with researchers on the conservation of Great White Sharks. WDHOF funding is helping her further her conservation goals.


KAYCEE COLEMAN

Kaycee is a junior at Rutgers University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology with plans to attend graduate school. The ocean has always been her passion, ever since she first vacationed at the Jersey shore. The past two years she has been an employee with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, while also working weekends cleaning beach houses at the Jersey shore. She feels very lucky to be able to use the knowledge she’s gained at Rutgers to research in Indonesia in the summer of 2009. To find out more about her project go to http://explorehoga.webs.com/.


WDHOF/Scuba Made Easy Training Grant in Marine Science, Oceanography or Ocean Engineering, sponsored by Deb Greenhalgh

A $500 training grant awarded to a deserving woman diver of any age, working in the areas of marine science, oceanography or ocean engineering.


Recipient(s)

CLAIRE ROSS

Claire is a PhD Candidate at The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The School of Earth and Environment and UWA’s Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. Her research is focused on gathering important biological and environmental data for high latitude coral communities living at the extreme limits of their geographical ranges. She anticipates that this research will provide critical information for coral reef management and contribute to better understanding the strategies that corals may use to cope with future climate change. Now a certified Advanced Diver, Claire will use the grant to undertake a dry-suit training course, allowing her to scuba dive in the cold coastal waters of the Southern Ocean to conduct her PhD research.


WDHOF/Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant, sponsored by Ocean Pals and BTS

A $1,000 training grant awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-16, who wishes to begin or further her dive education/training.


Recipient(s)

BROOKE WELCH

Brooke is a 16-year-old, homeschooled student living in Sarasota, FL. She is fascinated with marine life, especially rays. Brooke organized her first environmental cleanup while living in the rain forest in Ecuador. After moving to Sarasota in 2011, she volunteered with marine education programs at Mote Marine Laboratory and Save Our Seabirds. Last year, Brooke founded Sarasota Ocean Preservers, a program for youth that combines beach and ocean cleanups with an emphasis on marine life education. Through photo, video, and written communication, her marine advocacy website helps further marine conservation efforts. Her goal is to earn a PhD in marine science, but until then, she will continue removing marine debris from the beaches and studying marine organisms.


WDHOF/Morgan-O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant, sponsored by Frank Boulanger and Erin O’Neill

A $2,000 grant awarded to a qualified female photographer of any age to continue her professional development in the field of underwater photography.


Recipient(s)

YASMEEN SMALLEY

Yasmeen is an underwater photographer, science communicator and conservationist whose passion is documenting the endangered wonders of our underwater worlds. She earned a BFA in Photojournalism, a BS in Biomedical Photographic Communications and two minors in Environmental Science and Journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her diverse experiences as a PADI Divemaster and underwater photographer include interning with the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center and working with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Yasmeen plans to use her award to further her underwater photography training and to tell stories of the wonders of our oceans.


WDHOF/Lifeguard Systems Public Safety Diving Scholarship, sponsored by Lifeguard Systems (LGS) and Andrea Zaferes

A scholarship to take an unlimited number of any Lifeguard Systems open, Levels 1-3, public safety and water rescue certification training programs for a duration of one year 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, law enforcement, forensics, etc.)


Recipient(s)

KELLY MOON

Kelly is a second year Biology major at the University of California, Los Angeles. She began her diving career at the age of 11 and became a divemaster eight years later. She is currently a National Registered EMT and has earned Level 1 Search and Rescue diving certifications. In summer 2014, she researched the use of diatoms in forensics with a resulting publication in Diver Medic & Aquatic Safety and presentation to Illinois law enforcement during a homicide program. Kelly assisted with a bathtub death investigation study with a resulting abstract publication and paper presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2015 conference. After receiving her B.S. in Biology, she plans on pursuing a career that allows her to utilize both skill sets and combine her two passions.


VICTORIA ZANICKY (RDSRR CLASS TUITION)

A graduate of Temple University, Victoria began her diving career in 2006 in Key West, Florida. She then became an instructor in Olympia, Washington where she was also the treasurer of the Kelp Krawlers Dive Club. She enjoyed her role as a rescue diver for the Seattle Danskin Triathlons. Currently residing in Pennsylvania, Victoria continues working year round in the dive industry and as a dive instructor. She is passionate about introducing people to the underwater world and promoting safety in diving. Her role as a member of the local dive rescue team has inspired her to pursue a career in dive rescue.


WDHOF/Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grant, sponsored by Margo Peyton

Three $500 training grants awarded to deserving women divers of any age and background who wish to begin their dive education through a PADI scuba certification course.


Recipient(s)

KAIDEN BUSCEMI

Kaiden is 13 and very excited to become scuba certified. She is a very active and engaged conservationist: she participates in coastal cleanups, and is involved in ocean protection programs both in school and outside of school. She volunteers to raise awareness of wise stewardship of ocean resources, in general, and the problems of marine pollution, in particular. She is active in organizations that are focused on getting young people active in conservation. She hopes that getting certified to dive will help her advance her goal of becoming a marine biologist.


MICHELLE ANGELIQUE CRUZ

Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Through her efforts to find adventure and explore the world, she has become most interested in ocean conservation. She was offered an opportunity to volunteer at the University of Puerto Rico in the Department of Marine Science, collecting research samples for graduate students. Her goal is to become scuba certified so that she can volunteer in ocean conservation programs world-wide.


S. CONTESSA ERICKSON

Shayna “Tessa” Erickson first fell in love with marine science when she was a high school volunteer with the Seattle Aquarium. She fondly remembers teaching a group of kindergarteners about the unique life history of the Giant Pacific Octopus. Tessa states, “We were staring up at the glass tank, entranced as the adult female spread her arms over our heads. I described how an octopus’s suction cups have sensory receptors that allow them to taste what they are touching. This was my first experience as a science teacher!” Tessa earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Drexel University, and she is currently enrolled in a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program at Framingham State University. She is excited to use the diving training grant to gain a new skill that can be used to enhance her future science classroom.opportunity to volunteer at the University of Puerto Rico in the Department of Marine Science, collecting research samples for graduate students. Her goal is to become scuba certified so that she can volunteer in ocean conservation programs world-wide.


WDHOF/Hugh Fletcher Memorial Training Grant to Assist the Disabled to Dive, sponsored by Capt. Kathy Weydig

A $1,000 training grant ($500 for training/$500 for dive equipment) to a disabled diver to pursue or further dive education or purchase adaptive equipment; or to a dive master, assistant instructor, or instructor to gain the required education/training to assist or teach the disabled to dive.


Recipient(s)

MELISSA ALLENSWORTH

Melissa suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 27 due to a roll-over car accident, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. She has not let her injury or the fact that she uses a wheelchair stop her from experiencing life and adventure. She was certified by the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) in 2014 as a basic open water diver. Melissa states, “I love being under the water; it gives me a new sense of freedom.” Shortly after getting certified, Melissa arranged for her and her instructor to do a presentation to individuals with a variety of disabilities, to share with them that life is about possibilities, not the impossible. With the help of this grant, she plans to learn advanced diving and underwater photography. She wants to dive more and continue to inspire others to participate in adventurous activities.


WDHOF/Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grant, sponsored by Frank Boulanger

Two $1,000 training grants awarded to deserving young females, age 15-21, who wishes to begin her dive education/training.


Recipient(s)

DANA JOHNSON

Dana is a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in Earth and Planetary Science with a specific interest in geomicrobiology. After completing her studies at Northwestern University, she will continue studying marine geomicrobiology while working towards earning her Ph.D. After completing her dive training, she hopes to use her new skills to sample microbes in coastal areas of eastern Mexico. Ultimately, she plans on furthering her dive education in order to strengthen her research skills and increase her ability to study the multitude of unique ocean environments. She is interested in the intersection of microbes, climate change, and sequestration of carbon by the ocean.


HALEY ANNE MCQUEEN

In search of a globally attuned and enriched learning environment, Haley became interested in coastal areas and marine science. With this grant, she will be able to pursue her dream to become scuba certified. Haley will be attending the University of West Florida where she will double-major in marine science and environmental science on a full scholarship. In search of a career and field that gives her the opportunity to make a difference, she believes that she has stumbled upon the opportunity of a lifetime: the university offers her a unique chance to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years!


WDHOF/Elizabeth Greenhalgh Memorial Scholarship in Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography, sponsored by Deb Greenhalgh

A $1,500 scholarship awarded to a women diver who is furthering her education beyond high school in the field of journalism, graphic arts, or photography to better serve the ocean environment or ocean community. The scholarship is intended to assist with college tuition/fees or may be used to support an internship program at an accredited university. This scholarship is sponsored in memory of Elizabeth Greenhalgh. One of Liz’s great loves in life was scuba diving. She enjoyed the quiet and the beauty beneath the waves and brought fun to those she dove with. Liz shared her love for life through her art and writings and represented the next generation of scuba diving. Her untimely passing left a void in the hearts of those who knew her and dove with her. She will be forever remembered for her enchanting smile and wit.


Recipient(s)

ATHENA MAGUIRE

As a Sonoma State master’s student and California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientific diver, Athena monitors the health of invertebrate fisheries in California. With a lack of quality underwater photos of temperate invertebrates in the western hemisphere, she hopes to bring a face to the beauty and diversity of California’s subtidal zone. Paired with scientific research, she aims to use photography to communicate science professionally, academically, and publicly. With more training and time to develop her skills in underwater photography, she plans to increase the quality and breadth of her photography portfolio and her contribution to marine conservation.


WDHOF/Code Blue Education Ltd Diver Medic Training Grant, sponsored by Chantelle Newman & Code Blue Education Ltd.

A $2000 training grant awarded to a deserving male or female who wishes to further his/her diving training/education as a diver medic technician.


Recipient(s)

VICTORIA STOKES

Victoria was first introduced to the world of scuba diving while working in the British Film Industry, and she was instantly hooked! Completing her divemaster training in New Zealand, she gained invaluable experience in diverse and often remote marine environments, where the importance of emergency planning was paramount. Victoria is currently a PADI Staff Instructor/EFR Instructor, teaching in London. Her goal is to work on conservation projects and in some of the world’s most remote areas, in particular, Antarctica. The Diver Medic Technician qualification will help her attain this dream on both a personal and professional level.


WDHOF/Code Blue Education Ltd Diver Medic Training Grant, sponsored by Chantelle Newman & Code Blue Education Ltd.

A training grant awarded to a deserving male or female who wishes to further his/her diving training/education as a diver medic technician.


Recipient(s)

DR. YANNIS PAPASTAMATIOU

Yannis started diving in 1994; he is a PADI Instructor and also certified in technical mixed gas diving, closed circuit rebreathers, and cave diving. He completed a PhD in Zoology at the University of Hawaii and is now a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. His research primarily involves the behavioral and physiological ecology of sharks and other fishes and applying his research findings to conservation. His research takes him all over the world, including very remote parts of the Pacific, Mexico and the Bahamas. He has published over 40 papers in the scientific literature.


WDHOF/Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology, sponsored by the Connelly family

An additional $500 scholarship is awarded to a deserving woman graduate student. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology.


Recipient(s)

GRACE TSAI

Grace is a PhD student in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. She holds BA degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Grace received her Open Water Certification in 2011 in Dahab, Egypt and has been diving on wrecks since then, participating in the Gnalic Project in Croatia, the Burgaz Project in Turkey, and the Shelburne Shipyard Project in Vermont. Her research uses archaeological remains and experimental archaeology to determine shipboard diet and understand how it related to sailor health. Her goal is to work in academia to continue teaching students and the general public about underwater archaeology.


KATARINA BATUR

Katarina is conducting graduate studies in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Zadar, Croatia, where she has gained extensive fieldwork experience. While participating in the project, “The Shipwreck of Gnali? – Mirror of the Renaissance World”, she became interested in 16th century seafaring, production and trade. Her master’s thesis research is focused on the raw materials for paint production from the Gnali? shipwreck. She will use the scholarship to improve her knowledge in nautical archaeology and archaeological conservation at Texas A&M University. Katarina’s goal is to enroll in the PhD Programme at University of Zadar, and to use acquired knowledge and skills to contribute to the improvement of methodology of interdisciplinary underwater research in Croatia.


WDHOF/Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology, sponsored by the Connelly family

This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a deserving woman undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of Underwater Archaeology. It is sponsored by the Connelly family in memory of their mother, Cecelia Connelly, who was inducted into WDHOF in 2001.


Recipient(s)

GRACE TSAI

Grace is a PhD student in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. She holds BA degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Grace received her Open Water Certification in 2011 in Dahab, Egypt and has been diving on wrecks since then, participating in the Gnalic Project in Croatia, the Burgaz Project in Turkey, and the Shelburne Shipyard Project in Vermont. Her research uses archaeological remains and experimental archaeology to determine shipboard diet and understand how it related to sailor health. Her goal is to work in academia to continue teaching students and the general public about underwater archaeology.


KATARINA BATUR

Katarina is conducting graduate studies in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Zadar, Croatia, where she has gained extensive fieldwork experience. While participating in the project, “The Shipwreck of Gnali? – Mirror of the Renaissance World”, she became interested in 16th century seafaring, production and trade. Her master’s thesis research is focused on the raw materials for paint production from the Gnali? shipwreck. She will use the scholarship to improve her knowledge in nautical archaeology and archaeological conservation at Texas A&M University. Katarina’s goal is to enroll in the PhD Programme at University of Zadar, and to use acquired knowledge and skills to contribute to the improvement of methodology of interdisciplinary underwater research in Croatia.


WDHOF/Amelia Behrens-Furniss Memorial Hardhat Training Grant, sponsored by friends and family of Amelia Behrens-Furniss

A $1,000 grant 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.


Recipient(s)

RILEY J. BOOTH

Riley grew up on the beaches of Santa Cruz and now attends the Marine Diving Technology program at Santa Barbara City College. Ever since she learned about commercial diving as a career, she has been pursuing it with a passion. The opportunity to combine her love of diving, physical work, and creative problem-solving perfectly suits her personality and ambition. Her school days are filled with classes on underwater cutting and welding, mixed gas diving, saturation diving, hydraulics, and her favorite—surface-supplied ocean diving. Riley strives to be an asset to many commercial dive projects in her future.


WDHOF Underwater Photography Grant: $1,000

Due to the generosity of the many supporters of the WDHOF fund-raising events and donors to the WDHOF Scholarship Program, we are able to make this “Honorable Mention” award.


Recipient(s)

ANA CRISTINA GARCIA

Ana Cristina holds a B.S. in Animal Sciences and an M.S. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. Her research and passion for photography, diving, and nature conservation have taken her around the world; these are opportunities for which she is infinitely grateful. She believes in giving back to causes that promote research and conservation, and hopes her photographs will inspire others to do the same. She plans to use the training she will receive in underwater photography in her career as a marine biologist, as well as a volunteer wherever such an opportunity may arise.


WDHOF Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Conservation sponsored by Sherry Reed

A $1,000 scholarship to assist with college tuition/fees or to support independent research or an internship program in marine conservation.


Recipient(s)

CHLOE HENDERSON

Chloe is a senior at Brown University studying Biology. During college she completed several internships including a sea bird study at the University of Washington, a coral reef biodiversity research project in Indonesia, and an environ-mental sustainability project in Hawaii. She loves research and wildlife, and hopes to combine her research and love for animals to become an aquatic veterinarian.


CLAIRE ZABEL

Claire is a senior at Stanford University majoring in Earth Systems. Her research at Palmyra Atoll in the equatorial Pacific in 2012, through scuba and skin diving, informed her research on the interaction between coral calcification and seawater chemistry. She plans to use the scholarship to present her findings at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. She plans to attend graduate school to learn more about protecting marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. As a member of Stanford’s Public Service Scholars Program, she wants to ensure that her research serves the greater good of protecting coastal ecosystems. After completing her studies, Claire will work on making scientific investigation a bigger part of policymaking, and also (she hopes) exploring the deep ocean. She is interested in climate change, climate engineering, and the intersection of research and public service.


KELSEY DOYLE

Kelsey is studying Marine Science at Indian River State College in Ft Pierce, FL, with plans to pursue Master’s Degrees in both Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology. Before graduating with her Associate’s Degree, Kelsey plans to complete a short-term evaluation of the phytoplankton communities in local waters through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Phytoplankton Monitoring Network. The WDHOF Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Conservation will be used to fund an internship to the NOAA lab in Charleston, SC where Kelsey will gain extensive hands-on experience with advanced microscopy, both SEM and Fluorescence.


SARA CANNON

Sara is an undergraduate researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she is currently finishing her degree in Marine Biology. She grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in rural Maryland, and water has always been an important part of her life. Her parents were avid scuba divers and she was exposed to the underwater world at a very young age. She is now working with Pacific Island communities to help find ways to protect marine resources within their traditional framework (while still having access for sustenance). As an undergraduate student, she has worked extensively in the outer islands of Yap, Micronesia. She plans to continue her work there as a PhD candidate in 2015.


WDHOF Scholarship in Marine Conservation sponsored by Aggressor Fleet & Dancer Fleet

A $2,000 scholarship awarded to a qualified woman of any age, who is enrolled in an accredited academic or research program in the field of marine conservation.


Recipient(s)

CHRISTIE WILCOX

Christie is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. At the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, she is res