The scholarships provide a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for young persons with an interest in underwater related disciplines. This permits career decisions to be based on real work experiences
Be a certified scuba diver with a minimum of 25 open-water dives. Be no younger than 21, but have not yet reached his/her 25th birthday by March 1st of the scholarship year. Have high academic standing. Pass a preliminary medical examination for diving fitness. Upon selection, applicant must pass a NOAA diving physical. Not have earned a graduate degree.