Dive related opportunites


Central California Council of Diving Clubs Scholarship

The award of $1,000 is to support a student engaging in studies of underwater habitats. Aquatic related programs in the disciplines of biology, physical sciences, marine education, maritime archaeology, historical and social aspects of marine resources or the science of diving are relevant for consideration.

AAUS affiliated Scholarships:

-Kathy Johnston Scholarship awards $3000 to a Ph.D. candidate.

-Kevin Gurr Scholarship awards $3000 to a Master's program student.

AAUS may also award two additional $1500 scholarships to the next top-ranking proposals. If the additional scholarships are awarded, they may be split between the master and doctoral programs or they may be both awarded within a single program.

-Kevin Flanagan Student Travel Award provides up to $800 to undergraduate and/or graduate students interested in diving science to attend AAUS scientific meetings. The award is competitive and merit-based. As many as three students may be funded annually.  *The Kevin Flanagan award was established in collaboration with Kevin's family as a legacy to his commitment to AAUS and scientific diving. Kevin served as AAUS board member (2009-2011) and diving safety officer at the University of Hawaii and East Carolina University prior to his death in April 2012. The support we received from our community has enabled the Flanagan Travel Award to be the first fully endowed award of the AAUS Foundation, permanently funded through interest earned on the raised capital.

Zale Parry Scholarship

The award of $6,000 is to support a student currently enrolled in a graduate school program (Master's or Ph.D.) in any of the following diving fields of study: aquatic biology, ecology and other marine science related fields, marine conservation and education, diving medicine and hyperbarics, ocean engineering, and underwater archeology. The award also includes a $500 voucher towards travel expenses to the Scholarship Presentation Ceremony.

PADI/ Boy Scouts of America Scholarships

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) offers a multilevel scholarship program to introduce Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts to the exciting underwater world. PADI recognizes that adventure is one of the key elements of Scouting and scuba diving is an exciting avocation or vocation that can be enjoyed in just about every part of the country.

Our World Underwater 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. Scholars selected spend approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. 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. The scholarship award funds are used for transportation and living expenses for the one-year period of the scholarship.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology - this can include, but is not limited to, ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, and resource management disciplines - and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need.