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Zale Parry   The Zale Parry Scholarship annually awards $3000.00 plus $500.00 stipend towards travel expenses to the The Scholarship presentation site to deserving individuals. Candidates eligible for the scholarship are college students who are seeking to advance their knowledge or enter a professional career in the fields of underwater research, equipment technology or hyperbaric research. The Zale Parry Scholarship is administered by The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Purpose of The Zale Parry Scholarship
To offer financial support to individuals seeking to advance their knowledge or to enter professional careers in any of the following fields:

  • Ocean exploration
  • Diving equipment technology
  • Hyperbaric research
  • Marine conservation
Background of The Zale Parry Scholarship
Zale Parry is an internationally renowned pioneer of the early days of skin and scuba diving. As early as the 1950s, Parry was an underwater equipment tester and (the only woman) executive at Scientific Underwater Research Enterprises (SURE), founded by her husband, Parry Bivens, M.D., who designed and built
hyperbaric chambers. In 1954, Parry set a woman's deep diving record at 209 ft/64 meters in the open sea as part of an experiment to test the Hope-Page non-return valve mouthpiece, which from that day forward became a standard feature in all regulators. Zale was the third female instructor to graduate from the L.A. County UICC program and served for many years as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Zale continues to lecture around the United States, and she is writing a four-volume book, Scuba America: The Human History of the Sport of Diving, to record and preserve the annals of diving. Zale is a NOGI Fellow and the Ambassador at Large for the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. AUAS is honored that she has endorsed a scholarship in her name. By creating the Zale Parry Scholarship, AUAS hopes to encourage others to carry on her legacy of ocean exploration, advances in dive equipment technology, hyperbaric research and marine conservation.

2014 Application

Scholarship Amount
$3000 per recipient and a $500 voucher towards travel expenses to the Scholarship Presentation Ceremony.

Selection Criteria
Based on merit.

Candidate Requirements for The Zale Parry Scholarship
  1. Must be a student enrolled in an accredited college or university
  2. Must be a certified diver
  3. Must be a citizen of North America

Application information

Mail To: The Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1187 Coast Village Road, #249, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Anyone may nominate one or more qualified candidates for The Zale Parry scholarship. Qualified candidates may also submit applications.

For a scholarship application to be processed, the following information must be submitted by August 31, 2014.

  1. Scholarship candidate’s name, address, phone number, email address
  2. Nominator’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  3. Scholarship candidate’s date of birth, place of birth, gender and marital status
  4. Scholarship candidate’s resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from experts such as (but not limited to) college professors who can vouch for the candidate’s credentials and academic achievements
  6. 500 word essay from the applicant discussing career goals
  7. Photocopy of Diving Certification card(s)
Please click Here for an application form.

Scholarship recipients must sign a scholarship agreement and waiver form, which is a legal document that holds the Scholarship Committee and AUAS blameless for any accident or fatality that may occur while the Scholar is participating in any activities, diving or non-diving, that are related to The Zale Parry Scholarship.

Deadline for The Zale Parry Scholarship applications
All applications must be complete. Click Here for an application form. Applications for The Zale Parry Scholarship must be received no later than August 31, 2014.

The 2014 Recipient of The Zale Parry Scholarship will be selected by Sept. 30, 2014 and notified within a few days of selection.

The presentation of The Zale Parry Scholarship for 2014 will take place November 20, 2014 at the AUAS annual NOGI Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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