Beneath The Sea - Marine Careers Scholarships Recipients

Sea of Tomorrow Scholarship Society Offers Financial Assistance

Scholarship Honor Society - learn about past scholarship recipients

Don Reynolds Memorial Scholarship - $1000

A living act of remembrance from the Board of Trustees of Beneath The Sea for one of their own that passed too soon to be forgotten. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a deserving young man or woman, ages 17-21, currently pursuing a marine career future in a program at a recognized training facility for which the addition of scuba diving certification would enhance the credentials and talent you already possess and thus serve to further your opportunities. 2017 Recipient: Dominique Mellone

Discovery Scholarship - $1500

The Board of Trustees of Beneath The Sea has endowed this Discovery Scholarship to an individual 13 to16 years of age searching for a life focus, to consider a marine career. This scholarship may be applied to any recognized program in the field of marine study or its many support services. 2017 Recipients: Braden McPhillips $1500 and Henry Hua- Honorable Mention $600

Sea of Tomorrow Scholarship - $1000

To be awarded to an individual 17 to 21 years of age for participation in a recognized or accredited program in the fields of marine environmental conservation, biology, ecology, research, or training in a diving related program necessary for participation in these fields of endeavor.   2017 Recipient: Mark Mastroianni

Jordan Viders Spirit of the Sea Award & Scholarship - $1000

Established in 2007 in celebration of Jordan Viders, son of Hillary and Richard Viders, the Spirit of the Sea award and Scholarship means to recognize the forces driving young adults 22 to 29 years of age, who, like Jordan, follow a career path using electronics to illuminate and expand our underwater knowledge. 2017 Recipient: Megan Kelley

Ocean Pals Junior Dive Training Grant - $1000 (Sponsored by Beneath The Sea Ocean Pals (WDHOF member JoAnn Zigahn) and WDHOF co-founder Beneath The Sea, Inc.)

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. 2017 Recipient: Sophie Allen

The Art of Underwater Photography Scholarship - $1000Value (Sponsored by Maria Hults and Riekstins Restaurants)

A beginner’s hands-on introduction study class in Underwater Photography and imaging fundamentals given by renowned underwater photographer and Women Divers Hall of Fame member - Maria Hults. Thanks to the generosity of Riekstins Restaurants, this course will include a camera and underwater housing suitable for beginners. Applicants should be 17 – 21. NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL ONLY BE CONDUCTED IN THE NEW YORK METRO AREA.  2017 Recipient: Katherine Rose

Jorge Beale Hyperbaric Medicine Scholarship (Sponsored by Life Support Technologies)

The Life Support Technologies group has generously created this scholarship in memory of a dear friend and co-worker, Doctor Jorge Beale. A true pioneer and educator in diving and hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Beale had been fundamental in the vitality of Life Support Technologies group and their work supporting the Divers Alert Network. The winner of this scholarship will be invited to a Life Support Technologies forty-hour UHMS approved course (visit for course dates and info).  2017 Recipient:  Meghan McGregor

Sid Aconsky “Measure Twice, Cut Once” Scholarship - $1500 (Sponsored by The Bottom Dwellers/Friends of Sid Aconsky)

Through his generosity, Simon “Sid” Aconsky left a lasting legacy. His motto, “Measure twice, cut once” means be sure before you proceed. A diver since the 1960s, Sid’s final dive trip in 2012 was to the Maldives. He also redefined NYC Fire Dept. code to help people further educate themselves, and before he passed away, he was named Honorary Battalion Chief, NYC Fire Dept. Sid’s friends honor him now with this scholarship for a person between the ages of 18-23 to be involved in learning to scuba dive through oceanic research, by purchasing equipment or furthering their scuba education. 2017 Recipients: Charis Peterson $1500 and Kylie Hasegawa - Honorable Mention $500

Advanced Scuba Diving Certification Scholarship - $1000 Value (Sponsored by PADI and Oceanic Worldwide)

Beneath the Sea, PADI, and Oceanic Worldwide announced they would make funds and equipment available to a young scholar ages 22 - 29 looking to take their scuba training to an advanced or professional level:  Divemaster, First Responder, Instructor. This scholarship is $1,000 dollars divided $750 to the training facility, the remainder in the form of equipment from Oceanic Worldwide. This is a generous scholastic opportunity for the right student with some diving experience to take the next step and become a dive professional.   2017 Recipient: Jessica Lukasik

Two Open Water Certification Scholarships -  $500 each (Sponsored by SECONN Skin Divers – regional dive club in Southeast, Connecticut)

To encourage individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to obtain their open water scuba certification, the SECONN Dive Club will award $500 each to two individuals. The open water scuba training will be conducted at one of their member scuba shops in Connecticut. These shops include Aquasports, Divers Cove, Enfield Scuba, Fintastic, New England Dive Center, Scuba Shack, and Seaview Scuba.  Applicants must submit an essay (maximum of one page) on why they would like to become scuba certified. Applicants should email their essay to  2017 Recipients:  Mackenzie Blanusa and Meaghan E. Rondeau


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