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External Scholarships

MarineQuest encourages you to explore external scholarship options which may assist in tuition fees for our wonderful programs. Below are links to some of these scholarships which are not associated or affiliated with MarineQuest:

Beneath The Sea (Scholarship)

Dive Training Magazine: Scuba Scholarships & Scholarship Tips

Boy Scouts of America: PADI Dive to Adventure Scholarships

PADI Women's Scholarships: PADI Young Explorer for women ages 13-17

*if you know of another scholarship we should list here please email the information to

Through the generosity of area donors UNCW Youth Programs and MarineQuest are able to offer a limited number of full need-based scholarships. To determine if you qualify for one of our scholarships please read the information below. Please Note that Scholarships are available for Junior Commuter Programs ONLY and you may not be notified of an available scholarship slot until 10 days prior to the camp start date.

Need-Based Scholarships

A limited number of MarineQuest need-based scholarships are available for attendance in Junior Commuter Programs ONLY1 (daily drop-off and pick-up). We are unable to offer Scholarships to Dive Programs and Residential Programs. To qualify, the camper must be 1) a North Carolina state resident and 2) able to demonstrate financial need (or at risk status) by one of the following means:

  • A letter from your school system verifying the camper's participation in a free or reduced lunch program
  • Proof of housing assistance through HUD
  • Proof of food stamp assistance
  • Health coverage through Medicaid state agency
  • A letter from your teacher or guidance counselor classifying student as an "at-risk youth"

If you meet all of the above required qualifications and would like to be considered for a need-based commuter camp scholarship, please fill out the MarineQuest Scholarship Request Form (no phone inquiries, please) to be put on our Summer 2019 Scholarship Wait-list2. The form will require the following:

  • Child's full name and birth date, along with legal parent's or guardian's name
  • Email address and phone number where they can be reached
  • Camp they wish to attend and application if applicable
  • Weeks that they are available to attend camp

Once a camper is on the wait-list:

  • Camper information will be kept in our scholarship database.
  • Ten days prior to any camp start date we will determine the number of scholarship slots available (if any) and contact applicants on a first-come first-served basis as listed in the database3.
  • If selected for a scholarship, participants must immediately enroll and follow all registration instructions provided to them at the time of selection. Failure to follow proper enrollment/registration instructions may result in loss of scholarship slot.

Please note that all communication regarding scholarships will take place via email only. No phone calls will be returned (scholarship requests made by phone will not be considered as we require all the information and documentation in writing).

1Residential, leadership academy, scuba diving, and surfing based programs do not qualify for these scholarships

2This wait-list is not a guarantee of a secured slot in any MarineQuest camp.

3First-come first-served is limited to one child per family. Requests for additional children within the same family will be considered only after all other requests are filled if an open slot still remains.


If you have questions or inquiries regarding any MarineQuest scholarship you may contact the MarineQuest office via email only.