Sea Giving Scholarship Program:
Scholarships will be provided to new and existing SeaTrek students in need of financial assistance. The Board of Directors will administer the Scholarship Program. Funding will be generated from donations and fundraising projects and will held in an account managed by the treasurer. We will develop specific criteria for the application and awarding of various scholarships (examples below). When the program is set in place our mission will be to spend at least fifty percent of the organization’s time soliciting donations and fundraising activities for the scholarship program.
- SeaTrek Alumni and FATHOMS Scholarships: Several $500 scholarships are awarded annually to support students who need that little extra assistance to attend one of SeaTrek’s Main Program or FATHOMS science voyages.
- Robert Elementary School: Every year Sea Giving awards one full and one half-tuition scholarship to students in the 8th grade class. Applicants must research and present and ecology-related topic relevant to the British Virgin Islands.
- Miami-Dade County Boys & Girls Club: Each year Sea Giving provides a full scholarship that is auctioned off to support the Dade County Boys & Girls Club in Miami, Florida.
- Tortola Surf Classic: Most years Sea Giving donates a full tuition scholarship to this event, which aids in fundraising and allows a Virgin Islands teen to participate in a SeaTrek voyage at no charge.
- Internship: An internship/apprenticeship scholarship may be offered in the future to financially support students who want to pursue scuba diving, sailing/seamanship and/or marine science as a vocation or career.
Sea Giving Citizen Science & Service Learning Program:
Funding will be provided to new and existing Sea Giving and SeaTrek partners in need of financial, service and equipment assistance based on scientific and research-related projects. The Board of Directors and SeaTrek will administer the Citizen Science & Service Learning Program. Funding will be generated from donations and fundraising projects and will held in an account managed by the treasurer. Sea Giving will further develop and support existing and new collaborations with a variety of local, regional and global organizations focused on experiential and citizen science as well as service learning and relevant training. Environmental literacy, stewardship, sustainability and outreach/education initiatives will be common threads throughout the Program’s conservation initiatives and projects. Approximately twenty percent of the organization’s time will support this program.
- Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society (JVDPS): For the past several years, SeaTrek has worked hard to provide new and used scuba gear, as well as program scholarships for local JVD students. These efforts have helped build capacity within JVDPS, allowing them to conduct their own scuba training and coral reef monitoring programs.
- Virgin Islands Sea Turtle Tagging & Monitoring Program: For the past 10 years, SeaTrek staff and students have assisted the BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department (CFD) and Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) as citizen scientists. Approximately $5,000 is donated to ARK/CFD to support the training, tagging, monitoring, outreach, and education aspects of the program.
- Additional Citizen Science & Service Learning Program partners may include Reef Guardians, REEF, Reef Check, EarthDive, Green Diver Initiative, and Green Fins.
Sea Giving Pay it Shoreward Program:
Funding will be provided to new and existing Sea Giving and SeaTrek not-for-profit partners in need of financial assistance to conduct charity- and grant-based projects. The Board of Directors will administer the Pay it Shoreward Program. Funding will be generated from donations and fundraising projects and will held in an account managed by the treasurer. Approximately twenty percent of the organization’s time will support this program.
- Green Diver Initiative (GDI): Each year SeaTrek makes a contribution of approximately $750 to support the Dive4Change grants and initiatives of the Green Diver Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (Federal Tax I.D. 27-2630802). The GDI mission is to preserve and conserve our ocean planet. Sea Giving would like to continue increasing its contribution to GDI.
- Island Orphanage and Girl Scouts: After each voyage SeaTrek donates new and barely used goods to BVI families in need. These donations include time, money, food, clothing, blankets, and home goods.
- Hurricane Recovery: Given the devastation of the 2017 hurricane season, SeaTrek became actively engaged in providing monetary support to specific island families and organizations with which they have worked for the past 15 years.
Engaging Educators Program:
Funding (in the form of a professional development stipend) will be provided to formal educators. The Engaging Educators Program is a professional development program for formal educators that aims to provide middle and high school teachers with opportunities to participate in SeaTrek’s scuba, sailing and marine science adventures in the British Virgin Islands. As an Engaging Educators participant, classroom teachers join SeaTrek’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff to provide guidance and instruction in every aspect of the voyage—from raising the sails and identifying fish species to cooking dinner and taking underwater photos. The Board of Directors and SeaTrek will administer the Engaging Educators Program. Funding will be generated from donations and fundraising projects and will held in an account managed by the treasurer. Less than ten percent of the organization’s time will support this program.