Student Scholarships

 

This year we participated in #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016!  Thanks to your help we were able to raise $1,995 towards student scholarships!  But, this is not the only time to give to a student in need.  We have many extremely passionate high school and college students from around the country that are interested in joining this summer’s study abroad course, but need your help financially to join our MANTA crew.  If this is something you are interested in, please contact us…we would LOVE to chat with you about our list of accepted students that would be so honored for your support.  You can also DONATE HERE, and list in the note section that your donation is for “Student Scholarships“.  Feel free to designate either “College“, “High School” or a particular student’s name.  Please see below for a list of our accepted 2017 students that NEED YOUR HELP.

We will make sure every penny raised goes directly to a student(s) in need.  All donations are fully tax deductible, receipts will be provided via email following your donation, and more importantly students will be inspired to follow their passions as ocean ambassadors.

Dear Donors, If you would like to give via credit card and are having troubles with PayPal, please contact PayPal with the issue directly.  You can also contact us or mail a check with the students name in the notes section. Thank you for your donations!!




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BOWE PAINTER- WEST CARTERET HIGH SCHOOL, NC- SOPHMORE

Growing up on the coast of North Carolina, my summers were often filled with frequent trips to the beach, during which I was most likely being made into a sand mermaid. On my first snorkeling expedition, we explored the jetty at Cape Lookout and I was so scared I nearly drowned my mom; in fact, I was always frightened of the water… until I was thirteen.

During the summer of 2014, a friend, and dive-master, introduced me to “scuba diving” in four feet of water and I was hooked. The following summer, I earned my Open Water certification and have only furthered my studies; since then I have earned both my Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certifications.

During that same summer, I began to volunteer at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium – an experience I could not get enough of– and it soon became my second home. Two years and 200+ hours later, I was named the Junior Volunteer of the Year.  I was later named a volunteer trainer. It is an amazing experience as I am able to teach others about my passion while continuing to learn myself.

During my freshman year at West Carteret High School, I was enrolled in AP Earth and Environmental Science, a class that peaked my curiosity in the world around us. This year, I have continued to take all honors/AP courses, including AP Biology, and am in the top 5% of my class, all while participating in band/colorguard, winterguard, cross country, winter and spring track, swim, math team, and student government. During the summer, I work full time in the kitchen of one of Carteret County’s main attractions: The Friendly Market. This provided me with the money I needed to finally buy my own dive gear – an investment I am very proud of. This year, my first few checks will be covering my plane ticket to the British Virgin Islands for the MANTA trip.

My goals for the future are to attend the United States Naval Academy with an educational focus on either ocean engineering, marine biology, or medicine. Attending MANTA will provide me with the guidance, as well as knowledge and information, I need in to help me make decisions for my future and reach these goals.

Knowing the cost of this opportunity made the decision to apply a difficult one, however, the opportunity for student scholarships have given me the hope and courage to keep working towards this trip. My travel experiences have been very limited, making this trip with MANTA  (without a shadow of a doubt) my most exciting adventure. With your gracious donation, I will be able to have the experience of a lifetime while charting the future I have so delicately planned out.

Many Thanks, Bowe Painter

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Chrystal Jones, Florida
Chrystal Jones- Creekside Christian School, FL- Junior

Hi, my name is Chrystal Jones and I will be participating in the MANTA program this coming year (2017). I have always loved the marine environment and sailing. I have traveled to Paris, Israel, Amsterdam, and the Bahamas and I have a desire to travel and explore different cultures. I have a 55-gallon saltwater reef tank that I have been studying and maintaining for the last 2 years and I am absolutely in love with it! I can’t wait to explore the British Virgin Islands and the reefs with this amazing group!  To donate towards my student scholarship, please note: “Chrystal Jones” in your donation.




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Ali Harding, IL
Ali Harding, Illinois
Ali Harding- Wheaton Warrenville South High school, IL- JUNIOR

I am a high school junior from Warrenville, Illinois, and I am always excited to challenge myself to new levels. I love long road trips, live music, new adventures and time spent with family and friends. I take AP and advanced classes and I am on a nationally competitive show choir team. I am determined to go to a college focusing on Marine Sciences and am working at Panera Bread Company to give myself additional financial resources to do so. My passion for the environment and interest in how to help the ocean and marine life thrive fuels my desire to become a Marine Biologist. I applied for this program knowing that the experience would further my knowledge in providing the healthiest living environment possible for some of my favorite species. This opportunity to participate with the MANTA Program is going to be an unforgettable experience that will allow me to discover more about not only myself but about how to help endangered marine life prosper. Your donation will help allow me to live out my dream of gaining as much knowledge on how to make sure there is a flourishing ocean environment for many generations to come.  To donate towards my student scholarship, please note: “Ali Harding” in your donation.




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Jeffrey A. Coleman, South Carolina
Jeffrey Coleman-College of Charleston, SC-Sophomore

8 ½ year Marine Corps Veteran and Padi Divemaster for 1 year
My hobbies are diving, hiking, biking, and traveling. My career interest is in the research, mapping, and protection of Coral Reefs. One goal is to graduate from the Marine Biology Undergraduate program at the College of Charleston and continue my studies with the College in the Marine Biology Graduate program. Another goal is to gain a position within a respected research and educational organization such as NOAA. My last goal is to help educate people around the world on our oceans and the damages we are doing. I have been to several countries that have no measures put in place protecting our oceans and rivers. I have been in areas where cars were driven into the river as their source of water to wash their car. I have been in countries where you weren’t allowed to swim in rivers, lakes, and beaches or have a drink with ice because of the contamination from factories. Even an island where a bay filled with coral reefs is going to be filled in with sand to expand the island. The MANTA program will teach and aid me in understanding, research, biodiversity, management strategies, and conservation issues of macroalgae, fishes, and invertebrates. Your donation will help me to complete my studies so that I can have an in depth understanding and one day contribute to making a difference like the MANTA Organization continues to do now and for future generations. To donate towards my student scholarship, please note: “Jeffrey Coleman” in your donation.




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Bri Ingram
Bri Ingram, South Carolina
Bri Ingram-College of Charleston, SC-Freshman

Hi, I’m Bri Ingram, a marine biology major and freshman at the College of Charleston.  At a young age, I fell in love with the ocean and becoming a marine biologist has been a lifelong dream of mine.  I plan on getting a career with focus on the conservation of marine ecosystems, because I believe that I can make a difference and aid in saving our precious planet. To donate towards my student scholarship, please note: “Bri Ingram” in your donation.




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Bailey Horn
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Bailey Horn-College of Charleston, SC-Sophomore

Pictured above is me, Bailey Horn, at the helm. In this moment, sailing aboard tall ship Spirit of South Carolina, seized by the power of responsibility and captivated by the essence of teamwork my love for the sea began its epic. I was only fifteen when I realized my love for the open ocean and all marine creatures she cares for. My passion quickly developed as I began to learn about the beauty of the sea in coordination with devastating impacts human wastes have on our planet. I began a step towards protecting the ocean by conducting a research project for the South Carolina Sea Turtle Hospital where I analyzed the data from all the turtles they had rescued. Now, in college, my passion for marine biology and love for the sea flourishes. MANTA is my next opportunity to both explore coral reef ecosystems in the BVI and to enhance my skills as a leader, a diver, a researcher, and a sailor. With the acquired knowledge and skills MANTA will give to me, I hope to become a Marine Biologist and give back to the ocean. To donate towards my student scholarship, please note: “Bailey Horn” in your donation.




#FF0000 Raised $2,320 towards the $14,460 target.