We are working to increase the number of members who represent and/or educate underrepresented population and non-U.S. audiences.

A strategic goal of the National Marine Educators Association (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 underrepresented or underserved 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 use this form to nominate an interested candidate for the scholarship. Self-nominations are also encouraged and welcome.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2013

Name Location Product for NMEA
LuAnne Ashley Texas Presented at NMEA 2013 and will share the lessons created as a result of the conference
Nermeen Dashoush New York Will present at NYSMEA conference
Deirdre Englehart Florida Will submit an article to Current and will submit to present at NMEA 2014
Dieuwertje (DJ) Kast California Will write an NMEA News article and will present at NMEA 2014
Lezlie Silverstein Texas Presented at NMEA 2013 and will share the lessons created as a result of the conference
Darrell Walker North Carolina Presented at MAMEA conference, November 2013

2012

Name Location Product for NMEA
Kaitlin Baird Bermuda Submitted Current and NMEA News articles
Randi Brennon Hawaii
Christine Chirchirillo Illinois
Switgard Duesterloh Alaska Published in a local newspaper and an NMEA News article
Karla Klay Texas Submitted to present at NMEA 2013
Barbara Krol-Sinclair Massachussetts Lesson plan for adult learners that may be submitted to Current
Tonia Kushin Alaska
Adam Lorio Washington
Rocio Lozano-Knowlton California Submitted an article to Current
Veronika Mata’utia Mortenson American Samoa Newsletter report on her work submitted to NMEA Board and to her local community
Ramona Nelson Tennesseee Presented at NMEA Share-a-thon at NSTA
Thomas Pfeifer California
Aundrea Rue South Carolina Lesson plan on marine debris shared