Beneath The Sea® – Marine Careers Scholarships

 

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2019 Marine Careers Scholarships and Training Grants 

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are intended to support independent research and/or education programs.

Jim Leffard Memorial Scholarship - $1500 (Sponsored By Friends Of Jim) New This Year Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. Jim Leffard was a life-long, world-wide diver who loved and lived for our oceans and its many splendors—micro and macro—as an accomplished underwater photographer, certified scuba instructor, instructor trainer, and sailor. Jim was instrumental in the creation of Beneath the Sea's Marine Careers program, and in the refocusing and expansion of the Sea of Tomorrow's Scholarship program. Jim's photography has played an important part in illustrating the effectiveness of these programs at Beneath the Sea. Additionally, his varied interests included being a pilot, a flight instructor, and an avid model railroad enthusiast. This Memorial Scholarship is offered to a young person between the ages of 16-18 who would like to learn about our incredible ocean environment through scuba diving and underwater photography. Click here for the application guidelines.

Maritime Career Scholarship - $1000 Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. The maritime industry is made up of all businesses which relate to the transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more. There are many opportunities in the maritime field. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual, ages 17-19, interested in pursuing a career in a maritime-related field, including but not limited to marine engineering, marine transportation, global business and transportation, marine technology/small vessel operations, and other related fields.  Click here for the application guidelines.

Don Reynolds Memorial Scholarship - $1000 Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. 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 19-23, 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. Click here for the application guidelines.

Discovery Scholarship - $1500 Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. The Board of Trustees of Beneath The Sea has endowed this Discovery Scholarship to an individual 13-15 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. Click here for the application guidelines.

Sea of Tomorrow Scholarship - $1000 Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. To be awarded to an individual 19-23 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. Click here for the application guidelines.

Sid Aconsky “Measure Twice, Cut Once” Scholarship - $1000 (Sponsored by The Bottom Dwellers/Friends of Sid Aconsky) Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. Through his generosity, Simon “Sid” Aconsky left a 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, 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. Click here for the application guidelines.

 

TRAINING GRANTS

 

Training Grants focus on specific scuba diving programs/activities/specialized training programs related to the marine/maritime environment.  

 

Underwater Imaging Digital Shootout Training Grant - Trip Value $2499, Camera Gear Rental Value $1000 (Sponsored by Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo) New This Year Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. This training grant will be awarded to a diver between the ages of 19-23 with an advanced dive certification who has an interest in underwater photography/video that may lead to a career in digital imaging. If you’re a new or an intermediate shooter, the Digital Shootout is a fast-track to better underwater imaging. In six days of seminars and diving, the Digital Shootout team will help dial in your underwater system and shooting techniques. The Digital Shootout will be held at the Little Cayman Beach Resort in the Cayman Islands June 22-29. The awardee will both participate in the activities and assist the instructors throughout the week as part of the learning experience. Your application should include why you are interested in pursuing this field, and if you have any experience with underwater photography/video.

Backscatter provides the following to the awardee: free use of a full SLR or mirrorless camera system for exclusive use at the event, 6 days of 3-tank boat diving, evening slide show critiques, 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and airport transfers. The awardee must provide: own transportation to Little Cayman, own dive gear, own memory card for the camera, own laptop computer with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom installed.  Click here for the application guidelines.

 

Blue Water Divers Open Water Scuba Certification Training Grant -Value $1000 (Sponsored by Blue Water Divers, Rochelle Park, New Jersey) New This Year Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. To encourage individuals between the ages of 16-21 to obtain their open water scuba certification, Blue Water Divers will award an open water scuba course leading to certification. The course includes instruction, instruction materials, and use of necessary equipment. The recipient must meet basic requirements, such as demonstrate the ability to swim. The open water scuba training will be conducted at the Blue Water Divers location in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. Applicants must submit an essay (maximum of 600 words) on why they would like to become scuba certified.    Click here for the application guidelines.

 

Recreational/Public Safety Diver Medic Technician (RDMT) Training Grant - Value $1000 (Sponsored by The Diver Medic/Sandy Shaw/Grace Landers).). Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. The Diver Medic is passionate about diver safety and believes it is critical that all divers learn and practice diver safety.  This course was created to educate and train those with a specific interest in dive medicine and pursuing further education in the field of dive medicine. This course ensures that you are prepared for and can deal with any diving related medical emergency. There are two parts to the course, both theory and practical-based elements. The theory will be done completely online and will take between 30 to 40 hours to complete.  Once you have completed your online theory you have 3 months to register for one of our practical sessions, which will take 3 days to complete.  The practical sessions are hosted all over the USA. Once you have completed and passed both the online theory and practical session you will then be awarded the Recreational/Public Safety Diver medical technician course certificate. Your certificate is valid for two years.  You must be at least a rescue diver or equivalent to qualify and at least 18 years of age. Click here for the application guidelines.

 

The Art of Underwater Photography Training Grant – An Introduction – Value $1000 (Sponsored by Maria Hults and Riekstins Restaurants) Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. 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 18-22. NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL ONLY BE CONDUCTED IN NEW YORK CITY. Click here for the application guidelines. 

 
Advanced Scuba Diving Certification Training Grant – Value $1000 (Sponsored by PADI and Oceanic Worldwide) Application Deadline is December 30, 2018.
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.  Click here for the application guidelines.
 

APPLICANTS FOR THE FOLLOWING TRAINING GRANTS MUST FOLLOW THE APPLICATION SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS BELOW IN THE TRAINING GRANT DESCRIPTION.

 

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.) Application Deadline is October 31, 2018. 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 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. To apply for this grant, go to http://www.wdhof.org/wdhof-scholarshipDesc.aspx

 

Jorge Beale Hyperbaric Medicine Training Grant (Sponsored by Life Support Technologies) Application Deadline is January 30, 2019. Life Support Technologies group (LST) has created a training grant in memory of Jorge Beale, MD. Dr. Beale was a true pioneer and educator in diving and hyperbaric medicine, and he was fundamental to LST’s vitality and work. The recipient of this training grant will be invited to a 40-hour Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine course held in the NY/NJ/CT tristate area. The course is accredited by both the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) for Continuing Education Units (CEU).

The Jorge Beale, MD, Training Grant is available to all health care professionals, including EMT, Paramedic, RT, RN, CNA, LPN, PA, NP, MD, DO, and DPM. The training grant application consists of writing a 500-word essay outlining why you should be chosen as the recipient of this scholarship, what would this scholarship mean to you, and what would you use this course towards. If you are interested in applying for this training grant please compose your essay, “Why I should be awarded the Jorge Beale, M.D. Hyperbaric Training Grant” and email it to Beale@LifeSupport-USA.com.   Be sure to put “Training Grant Application” in the subject line.

 

Dare2Dream Open Water Certification Training Grant – Value $500 (Sponsored by Dare2Dream Foundation) Application Deadline is December 30, 2018. This training grant will be awarded to a NYC inner city individual between the ages of 14-17 to encourage them to obtain their open water scuba certification. Applicants must submit an essay (maximum of 600 words) on why they would like to become scuba certified.  Include your age, birth date, school, grade and contact information. Applicants should email their essay to nycdare2dream@aol.com. Be sure to put “Training Grant Application” in the subject line.

 

One Open Water Certification Training Grant and One Advanced/Rescue Certification Training Grant $500 Each (Sponsored by SECONN Skin Divers – regional dive club in Southeast, Connecticut) Deadline is January 7, 2019.  To encourage individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to obtain their open water scuba certification or to advance your training, the SECONN Dive Club will award $500 each to two individuals. The training will be conducted at one of their member scuba shops in Connecticut. Applicants must submit an essay (maximum of one page) on why they would like to become scuba certified or why you want to advance your training. Applicants should email their essay to  president@seconndivers.org by the deadline January 7, 2019. Be sure to put “Training Grant Application” in the subject line.

 

CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN SPONSORING A SCHOLARSHIP OR TRAINING GRANT, PLEASE CONTACT US AT SCHOLARSHIPS@BENEATHTHESEA.ORG

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