THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF BENEATH THE SEA® AND ITS SUPPORTERS offer a variety of scholarship and training grant opportunities for young people interested in exploring and protecting the ocean environment. Scholarship/Training Grant candidates should carefully read the qualifications applicable to each scholarship before applying. Scholarships and training grants are posted at Questions can be directed to [email protected].


Scholarships and Training Grants are only open to residents of the United States and its territories.

  1. Applicants may apply for only one scholarship or training grant each year.
  2. Applicants must be within the age range for the scholarship or training grant applied for at the time of the application submission.
  3. Funds are paid directly to the provider of the services/products acquired by the recipient.
  4. Awards may be considered as taxable income. Beneath the Sea® suggests that you consult with a tax advisor (accountant) to determine how receipt of this award may impact your tax obligation.
  5. Applicants applying for a scuba certification training grant should be aware that they should have no medical contraindications to scuba diving.
  6. The application deadline is January 31th, 2023 midnight Eastern Standard Time.
  7. Use the standard application form (see link below) and submit on or before the deadline.
  8. Two letters of recommendations are required:
    • Obtain two recommendations from persons in your community, i.e., scuba instructors, teachers, employers, mentors, etc.
    • Recommendations must arrive by the deadline or your application will be invalidated.
    • Give your references enough time to write a recommendation, and follow-up to ensure they have been submitted on or before the deadline.
    • Recommendations that are vague and do not give specific examples carry less weight. Provide the references with a copy of the scholarship/training grant description and your completed application form.
  9. Instructions to be given to your references:
    • The reference should send the recommendation as an email or attachment to an email to [email protected].
    • The email subject line should state: Recommendation for (the applicant’s name).
    • The recommendation must be dated by January 31th, 2023 midnight Eastern Standard Time.
  10. Incomplete applications (e.g., missing letters of recommendation, applicant’s age is outside the indicated range, etc.) are ineligible.
  11. Spelling or grammar errors must be avoided. Proof all work, and we suggest you ask someone else to proof it as well.
  12. Once you submit your application form, you will receive an email with a copy of your application form. Please retain a copy of this form.
  13. Please direct your questions/inquiries to [email protected].

NOTE: This application form is not to be used for the following Training Grants. See the instructions for these grants included in the Training Grant descriptions at

  • Open Water Certification Training Grant
  • Advanced/Rescue Certification Training Grant
  • Jorge Beale Hyperbaric Medicine Training Grant

The Application Deadline has Passed.

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