[Coral-List] Our World Underwater Rolex Scholarship

suzanne garrett slgarrett at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 11 12:06:25 EST 2009

Please pass this along to any students or recent grads you think would be interested...



Each year the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society awards year-long scholarships designed to expose a qualified young person to a wide range of experiences in various marine-related fields. With continued generous funding from the Rolex Corporation, the awards are now known as the Rolex Scholarships. 
For 2010, three Rolex scholarships will be offered: one in Australasia, one in North America, and one in Europe. Each Rolex Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for a young person considering a career in an underwater-related discipline.. One scholar is selected from each of the three regions and each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. Each scholar travels primarily within his or her region, but may have opportunities throughout the underwater world. The range of experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and other specialized assignments.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements 

Minimum age of 21 and maximum age of 26 at the time of the application deadline (December 31)
Valid citizenship for the relevant Rolex Scholarship (North America, Europe, and Australasia)
Applicant has not yet earned a graduate degree by April 1st of the scholarship year and has not yet chosen a clearly defined career path
High academic standing
Fluency in English
Certification as a Rescue Diver or equivalent with a minimum of 25 dives logged in the past two years.
Evidence of adequate health insurance for duration of scholarship year
Submission of a completed diving medical examination form, which is found in the application 
The society also offers summer internships in North America for one to three month periods to college undergraduates and graduating seniors. Internship recipients receive a grant to help fund travel to/from site, room and board, and a stipend to cover living expenses. Current North American internship sponsors include the Aquarena Center, Blackbeard’s Cruises, Divers Alert Network (DAN), the REEF Environmental Education Foundation, AAUS and "Sport Diver" Magazine.
For more information on scholarships and internships, and to download application materials, visit http://www.owuscholarship.org/.

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