How and When do I Apply

You must register on this site to apply online.

The online application will be available to start accepting applications on October 1. Please complete the online application to apply for any scholarships and/or internships offered by the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®. Completed Scholarship applications must be RECEIVED via the online application no later than:

December 1, 2017 for the North American, European and Australasian Rolex Scholarship Applications
(to be considered for the 2018 scholarship)

*Applicants for the North American Rolex Scholarship must have a birthdate between 1/1/1991 and 12/31/1996 to be eligible.

Scholarship applicants are required to submit the following information within the online application:

1) Copy of dive scuba diving certification card(s)

2) Copy of dive logs for the last six months

3) Completed medical form signed by a licensed physician 

4) Four letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from teachers or professors from whom you have taken classes and two letters of recommendation from persons in your community. Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® can only accept recommendation letters directly from the referees. As a result, please request the 4 referees to email letters of recommendation directly to For more information, please see FAQ.

5) Statement from certifying agency (or school) or most recent scuba instructor regarding diving proficiency

6) Current resume including any extracurricular activities

7) Copy of Official Transcript or Unofficial Transcript. Finalists will be required to physically mail an official transcript to the appropriate regional office.

7) Personal biography (maximum 2 pages, double spaced) detailing relevant activities

8) Statements (maximum 2 pages, double spaced):
    1) What are your personal goals for the Scholarship year and how will the Scholarship help you to achieve them?
    2) How do you hope to contribue to the Underwater World from both a personal and global perspective?

9) Application fees: All scholarships and internships are payable online via paypal or, for the North American scholarship, also via check in US currency mailed to the OWUSS office address. European and Australasian Scholarship fees are only payable via paypal. The North American and European Scholarship Application Fee is $50 USD, the Australasian Scholarship Application Fee is 50 AUS Dollars, and the North American Internship Application Fees are $25 per internship.

A personal interview will be required of all scholarship finalists. Finalists will also be required to submit official transcripts directly to the correct regional office from your school’s registrar. Official transcript(s) must present grades through the most current semester. 


If you are having trouble viewing the online application, please email or write us at the address below and we will mail you an application. If you are having trouble accessing or using the online application, you may download and mail the Scholarship application or Internship application to the appropriate regional office. If an applicant is experiencing problems uploading documents onto their online application, please send all supplemental materials and documents via mail to the appropriate regional office by the scholarship deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of application materials sent via carrier. 

For North American Information:

Mailing Address:
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®
PO Box 6157, Woodridge, IL  60517
phone: (630) 969-6690

Overnight services (Fed-Ex, UPS) can be mailed to:
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®
Att: Roberta Flanders
2446 A. Brunswick Circle, Woodridge, IL 60517

*make sure to mark all packages as "No Signature Required".*

For European Information:

Mailing Address:
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®
European Office
5 Valley Lane, Waringstown, Craigavon, Co Armagh
BT66 7SR N. Ireland
Phone/Fax (028) 3882 0462

For Australasian Information:

Mailing Address:
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society®
PO Box 8
145, Sydney Rd
Sydney 2094
NSW, Australia
Phone/Fax (02) 99492953