2016 WOMEN DIVERS HALL OF FAME
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, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.
Scholarships are offered in dive medicine, marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, marine education, journalism, graphic arts, or photography. They are intended to support tuition and fees, independent research, and/or internship programs at accredited universities. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient.
Training grants provide funding for diver and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment. 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: 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 applications will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for receipt of applications is November 20, 2015 at midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2016. Only online submissions will be accepted.
Twenty-eight scholarships and training grants will be offered in 2016:
- NEW THIS YEAR!!! Dive Medicine
- Marine Conservation
- Undergraduate Marine Research
- Underwater Archaeology
- Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography
- Marine or Underwater Education
- Public Safety Diving
- Underwater Photography
- Basic Dive Training
- Junior Diver Training
- Advanced Dive Training
- Hardhat Dive Training
- Diver Medic Training
- Disabled Diver Training
- Dive Training for Marine Scientists, Oceanographers, or Ocean Engineers
- Dive Training for Students in ROTC, JROTC, Military Academy, or Sea Cadets
Dive Medicine - New This Year!!!
DAN/R.W. “Bill” Hamilton Research Grant - a 12-month, $10,000 research grant has been established by the Divers Alert Network in memory of R.W. “Bill” Hamilton. Dr. Hamilton conducted research on diving physiology and the treatment of injured divers, and he authored numerous papers, reports and workshop proceedings. Dr. Hamilton passed in 2011 at the age of 81. The $10,000 award will support new or continuing research in one or more of the following areas: development of decompression procedure techniques for commercial, military, technical and/or recreational divers; development of new decompression models; probability of risk or probabilistic modeling; multi-gas dive simulation; dive computer procedure, protocol and testing; and/or treatment of incomplete decompression and resulting incidents. Applicants may be in any stage of their professional education or career. There is no specific requirement for the applicant to be enrolled in a degree-granting program, however, the successful applicant will have documented expertise and experience in research in one or more of the areas specified above. Hamilton Grant Details
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 is offering six scholarships in marine conservation in 2016. 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 assist with college tuition/fees or may be used to support independent research or an internship program at an accredited university.
FIVE scholarships are available only to women enrolled in graduate academic and research programs in the field of marine conservation:
- One $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the Aggressor Fleet and Dancer Fleet (WDHOF member Anne Hasson) Learn more about the Aggressor and Dancer Fleets
- NEW THIS YEAR!!! One $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the Sea of Change Foundation (WDHOF member Anne Hasson) Learn more about the Sea of Change Foundation
- NEW THIS YEAR!!! Two $2,000 scholarships sponsored by the Women Divers Hall of Fame
- NEW THIS YEAR!!! One $1,000 scholarship sponsored by WDHOF Member Meg Donat
- One $1,000 scholarship sponsored by WDHOF Member Sherry Reed
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 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.
The Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarships in Underwater Archaeology will be awarded to deserving women of any age who are graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology. The funds are intended to assist with college tuition/fees or field study costs. Sponsored by the Connelly family, in memory of their mother and WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly. Learn more about WDHOF member Cecelia Connelly
- Cecelia Connelly Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology - $2,000
- Cecelia Connelly Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Underwater Archaeology - $750
Elizabeth Greenhalgh Memorial Scholarship in Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography – a $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman 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. Sponsored by WDHOF member Deb Greenhalgh, in memory of her daughter Elizabeth. Learn more about Elizabeth Greenhalgh
Marine or Underwater Education
WDHOF Scholarship in Marine or Underwater Education –a $2,000 scholarship will be 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. The scholarship may also be used to support independent research by an educator in any underwater STEM area. Applicants should hold a degree (or equivalent certificate) in education, museum studies, or other relevant area, and have experience teaching marine science, technology, or engineering at any K-12 level. Sponsored by WDHOF.
Public Safety Diving
Lifeguard Systems Public Safety Diving Scholarship – 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 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 will most likely 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
Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant – a $2,000 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 WDHOF member Erin O’Neill and Frank Boulanger (in memory of his wife and WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan). . Learn more about Morgan/O'Neill Underwater Photography
Basic Dive Training
- Ella Jean Morgan Memorial Dive Training Grants – two $1,000 training grants will be awarded to deserving young females, age 15-21, who wish to begin their 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 enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must 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. Learn more about WDHOF member Ella Jean Morgan
- Kids Sea Camp Basic Dive Training Grants – two $500 training grants will be awarded to deserving women divers of any age and background who wish to begin their dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Two awards will be given to novice divers to gain the fundamental knowledge, skills and ability to safely breathe underwater. The recipients must enroll in approved PADI diving courses/programs at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training facility must 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. Learn more about Kids Sea Camp
Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant - 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 13-16, 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 enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must 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. Learn more about Ocean Pals
Advanced Dive Training
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. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. When the recipient enrolls in an approved diving course/program and purchases dive equipment, the training facility/equipment vendor must 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.
- NEW THIS YEAR!!! 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 $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).