Dear Fellow Scuba Diver and Educator,

If you are a teacher or educator, you may be eligible for CEDAM’s Lloyd Bridges Scholarship. This year’s recipient will join REEF’s Field Survey Trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.  For more information on this trip, see the description for Virgin Gorda on REEF’s website www.reef.org.

The scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a CEDAM-sponsored or -sanctioned expedition. CEDAM will cover the full cost of the field trip, including an allowance for meals and inter-island air and reimburse up to $1,200 for air transportation to Virgin Gorda . REEF Field Surveys are led by REEF staff or expert volunteers; participants have the opportunity to collect data, participate in daily talks, and interact with REEF members, staff, and local partner organizations. This is a hands-on experience during which participants have the opportunity for experiential learning in and out of the water.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR 2016: This year, CEDAM scholarship applications will be welcome from women only. This is due to limited housing for the trip. Next year, the scholarship will be reopened to both men and women diver/educators.

The goal of the scholarship program is two-fold: One, to have educators experience the wonders of the underwater world and then be able to share these wonders with his or her students or constituents. Two, to have these inspired individuals go out and do what they can to help protect one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. To be eligible, applicants must be a certified scuba diver, a teacher (elementary or secondary level), or actively engaged in an education program at an institution or environmental organization, such as an aquarium, science center, or relevant non-profit organization. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. CEDAM International will cover the recipient’s REEF Field Survey expenses, air transportation, meals and other approved trip-related expenses.

All applicants must complete an application form and return it along with the required essay, a resume, and one letter of recommendation, to CEDAM by April 15, 2016.  All of the necessary application components should be sent electronically to both susansammon@gmail.com and janrosenfeld@gmail.com.  

Thank you and best of luck.

Susan Sammon and Jan Rosenfeld


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