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Diving Scholarship opportunity

Discussion in 'Scuba Industry News' started by desert_mermaid, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. desert_mermaid

    desert_mermaid Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: USA
    As a way to empower the next generation of divers, GUE has created the NextGen Scholarship to provide a year of training and other benefits to deserving divers on their quest for excellence.

    Through the generous donation of course spaces from GUE instructors, one year of tuition-free GUE training is made available to divers. These course spaces include the majority of GUE's curriculum, and with a generous travel budget, dedicated support from a NextGen Mentor, and a new set of gear from Halcyon, scholarship recipients are able to undertake GUE training in the locations and environments they're most passionate about. In exchange for this support, scholars will provide both written and video documentation of their year as a NextGen scholar and take part in a NextGen presentation at the next GUE conference.

    To qualify for the 2019 NextGen scholarship, you must*:

    • Be between the ages of 21 and 30
    • Be certified as an Advanced Open Water diver (or equivalent)
    • Have conducted a minimum of 20 dives
    • Be medically fit for diving
    • Be fluent in English
    *GUE staff, GUE instructor candidates, and GUE instructors, in addition to employees of corporate sponsors and their families, are not eligible.

    Once the application window opens, eligible divers will need to submit:

    • A completed online scholarship application form, including 1,000-word essay
    • A short “elevator speech” video (less than 2 minutes long) about your diving background, goals, and why you are a good candidate for the scholarship
    • A character recommendation from an individual/community member in good standing (e.g., former employer, pastor/minister, college lecturer/professor, commanding officer, government official, GUE instructor, etc.)

    • JULY 1: Online application opens
    • AUGUST 1: Online application closes
    • SEPTEMBER 1: 2019 NextGen Scholar is notified and final eligibility is confirmed
    • SEPTEMBER 15: Unsuccessful candidates are notified
    • OCTOBER 1: 2019 NextGen Scholar is announced, scholarship year begins
    • Free GUE training for one year
    • A $2,000 USD travel budget
    • $3,000 USD worth of diving equipment from Halcyon
    • GUE Platinum level membership for two years
    • Free registration for one GUE conference, including socials and field trips as well as a meet-and-greet with GUE leadership
    • NextGen Scholarship Mentor (a senior GUE instructor)
    • Divers Alert Network (DAN) membership and diving accident insurance
    • NextGen apparel and swag to wear during GUE events and training
    • GoPro camera to document a year as a NextGen Scholar

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  2. DBPacific

    DBPacific Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oregon, USA
    If only I were a few months older
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  3. desert_mermaid

    desert_mermaid Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: USA
    GUE will be doing this each year with an increasing number of recipients. You could apply next year. Also, it might be worth asking them if you will be old enough soon if you are still eligible to apply.
  4. RockiesFan

    RockiesFan Great White

    As with anything, what's the catch?
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  5. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    Wish I was younger, this sounds like a great opportunity. I know many on here were soured to GUE but somone is going to get alot of great experience here.
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  6. desert_mermaid

    desert_mermaid Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: USA
    There is talk of changing the age range in the future! Keep an eye out next year :).
  7. desert_mermaid

    desert_mermaid Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: USA
    I'm not sure there is a catch?

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