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Do you want to attend the 2016 NMEA Conference in Orlando, Fla., and could you use some financial assistance to attend? There are currently two different types of scholarships available: NMEA member-only scholarships and Expanding Audiences scholarships. All scholarship nominations and applications are due on March 15, and notifications will be made by April 15, so that everyone can register by the 2016 NMEA conference registration early-bird deadline!

Member-only Scholarships

The scholarship program was created by the NMEA Board of Directors in 1995 to assist members in attending the annual conference. Scholarship awards are available for NMEA members living in the U.S. or abroad. The annual NMEA auction, held at each annual conference, provides partial funding for these scholarships. Applicants must be NMEA members in good standing. Chapter membership is a plus, but not required.

Download the Member-only scholarship application form here.

Expanding Audiences Scholarships

A strategic goal of NMEA is to increase the number of members who represent and/or educate underrepresented minorities including, but not limited to people of color, indigenous people, island people, international communities, inland areas, and English-language learners. In 2009, the NMEA Board of Directors recommended that the Expanding Audience Committee establish a program to recruit and assist individuals from groups underrepresented in science, or those who serve under-represented or under-served audiences, to help facilitate the realization of that goal. The intent is to support qualified individuals to share their expertise, experiences and perspectives through active participation in NMEA Annual Conferences and the creation of a product that will benefit the larger marine and aquatic education community. Current or past NMEA members are not eligible for this scholarship. Any current NMEA member may nominate an interested candidate for the scholarship. Self-nominations are also encouraged and welcome. Use either of these forms to submit a nomination > PDF format or Word format

See a list of past recipients and their related projects.

Additionally, check out the Johnette D. Bosarge Memorial Award for an additional opportunity to receive conference funding support.


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