The Georgia Williams Trust and Immerse School of Diving are proud to announce the launch of the Georgia Williams Diving Scholarship, an opportunity for one young person to pursue an interest in the underwater World and in turn to enable other young people to have access to scuba diving activities.
Georgia Williams lived life with an adventurous, outgoing attitude. She loved being outdoors and being active. Number three on Georgia’s wish list in life was to go scuba diving.
The Georgia Williams Trust formed in Georgia’s memory aims to enable young people to participate in life-building adventurous and outdoor activities, and to contribute to the local community.
The Georgia Williams Diving Scholarship is an opportunity for one young person to pursue an interest in the underwater World, and in turn to enable other young people to have access to scuba diving activities.
The annual Scholarship is jointly funded by The Georgia Williams Trust and Immerse School of Diving. The Georgia Williams Diving Scholarship is also supported by Monty Halls. Monty is a well-known BBC television presenter, with a particular record of making adventure and natural history series.
The Georgia Williams Diving Scholar will learn to become a fully qualified scuba diver and will train to attain PADI (Junior) Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest non-professional scuba diving qualification with the World’s most recognised and respected diving agency, with Immerse School of Diving in Telford.
“We are absolutely delighted that Immerse School of Diving has created The Georgia Williams Diving Scholarship. This absolutely fits with everything we aspire to achieve as a charity, and I know that Georgia would have approved wholeheartedly. This is an incredible opportunity for a young person, and we very much hope that a lasting partnership will develop between the Trust and Immerse School of Diving to see many Scholars learn the skills and qualities needed to become a safe and proficient diver, as well as an ambassador for the School and the charity.” – Richard Langton, Chairman, The Georgia Williams Trust.
Over the course of the year the Scholar will undertake the PADI Open Water, PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response CPR and First Aid, PADI (Junior) Rescue Diver, and five PADI diving specialty courses.
The Scholar will be able to attend the Club Immerse weekly pool sessions to develop their diving skills and experience, and will also have the opportunity to complete at least fifty scuba dives over the course of the year with Immerse School of Diving.
In addition, the Scholar will experience a range of scuba diving experiences. The experiences will differ depending on the opportunities presented during the Scholarship year, and the Scholar’s personal interests. However they may include underwater scientific research, environmental activities, photography and videography, and diving journalism. The Scholar should also be able to meet some of the leading names within the scuba diving industry.
At the end of the Scholarship the Scholar will have all the qualifications and experience required to commence training to become a PADI professional diver when they turn eighteen, opening up the opportunity to pursue a career in the scuba diving industry.
The Georgia Williams Diving Scholar will take an ambassadorial role for The Georgia Williams Trust. There will be an expectation that the Scholar will raise awareness of the Trust and the Scholarship during the year, promoting the aims of the Trust and helping to make scuba diving more accessible for young people in the borough of Telford & Wrekin.
The Scholar will also be expected to lead fundraising activities to raise a minimum of £250 for the Trust either before or during the course of the Scholarship year. Those wishing to donate in support of the Scholarship may do so through the JustGiving page linked from the Immerse School of Diving website.
Applications are now open at http://www.immersediving.com/the-georgia-williams-youth-diving-programme and close at midnight on 15 June 2014. Anyone between the ages of eleven and eighteen years at the time of application, and who either lives or goes to school or college in the borough of Telford & Wrekin (or surrounding areas, based on exceptional merit), can apply for the Scholarship. There is no means testing of applicants.
Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to complete a try dive with Immerse School of Diving, and may be asked to attend an interview, prior to final selection of this year’s Scholar.
The Georgia Williams Diving Scholar will be selected from all applicants by a panel consisting of representatives from The Georgia Williams Trust and Immerse School of Diving, with the aims of the Trust in mind.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for a very special young person from the borough of Telford & Wrekin. We are looking for a motivated young person, with an interest in the underwater World and the ambition and commitment to fully engage in the Scholarship and to achieve its aims following Georgia’s spirit of adventure. If that sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you” Tony Flack, Owner and Instructor, Immerse School of Diving.
For further information please visit http://www.immersediving.com/the-georgia-williams-youth-diving-programme or contact Immerse School of Diving at email@example.com.