The WDHOF Scholarship Program was created in 2002 with the first scholarships: An annual WDHOF Scholarship for divers seeking to expand their knowledge of diving, the Hillary Viders Ph.D. Scholarship for divers enrolled in college programs or field work in marine science and conservation, and the Lifeguard Systems scholarships for public safety diving qualifications. Scholarships were, and continue to be, presented in the spring.
Since 2002, when WDHOF awarded those first three scholarships, the program has grown to 63 scholarships and training grants in 2020, sponsored both by individual patrons (including WDHOF members and Associates) and by WDHOF through donations given on-line or through our annual fundraisers – at DEMA: Tropical Dreams and Paradise Sunsets, at Beneath the Sea: the WDHOF Scholar Brunch and through the WDHOF annual dive trips. Many of the names and descriptions of the scholarships and training grants have evolved over the years, but continue to be sponsored by our supporters, Members, and Associates.
As of 2020, the Women Divers Hall of Fame has awarded over half a million dollars to 421 individuals. Nobody else in the dive industry is doing anything of this magnitude and we are proud to announce… “20 for 20”
20 Learn-to-Dive Training Grants in 2020
To celebrate the Women Divers Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary, we are excited to announce 20 unique training grants for open water dive training. After all, none of the amazing women in WDHOF would be where they are today if it were not for an open water certification in their past. For many, this experience opened up an entirely new world of possibilities. WDHOF wants to give this opportunity to others.
Therefore, beginning April 1, 2020, WDHOF is opening up applications for 20 Open Water Certifications worth $1000 each; this can be spent entirely on training or a combination of training and equipment.*
Applicants can visit www.WDHOF.org to apply. Applications are now open and will close on May 31, 2020.
The selection will be made on or before July 1, 2020. This grant is open to any and all women of any age who want to learn how to dive.
*Equipment up to $500