2016 Georgia Williams Diving Scholarship Announced
This spring a campaign was launched to find a special young person with a spirit of adventure.
This remarkable scholarship was inspired by the action packed life of Georgia Williams – a Shropshire based teenager who was murdered in 2013. In the summer of 2014, her family created a fund in to help 11 to 18-year-olds based in and around Telford (UK) to pursue an interest in the underwater World.
“Following an arduous application process I am delighted to reveal that Eleanor Jackson-Smith will be this year’s scholar”, stated Jo Flack. “Jackson-Smith, 17 will embark on a training programme to attain PADI’s Master Scuba Diver rating. In addition she will undertake a range of scuba diving experiences tailored to her interest in biological sciences and marine life. During her scholarship year Eleanor Jackson-Smith will also have the chance to meet some of the leading names within the scuba diving industry.”
This scholarship has a pay-it-forward policy, in that Eleanor Jackson-Smith has to fulfil an advocacy role for the Georgia Williams Trust. This will include raising awareness of the work of the Trust and its work with Telford based young people.
There was a surprise announcement by Trustee Steve Williams. “We have decided that the two runners-up in this year’s Scholarship selection will also be supported to follow their underwater ambitions.”
12-year-old Alix Tomlinson (shortlisted for the second year in the row) has a strong interest in aquatic life. To this end she will receive funded training allowing her to complete the PADI Underwater Naturalist course. Meanwhile 13-year-old Cameron Bates is to undertake a funded PADI Rescue Diver course after demonstrating his desire to become a commercial diver.
“The Scholarship has become an integral part of our life at the Immerse School of Diving”, stated Jo Flack. “We are pleased to welcome Eleanor as this year’s Scholar, as well as to support Alix and Cameron, enabling them to take their love of diving further. We know Eleanor will make the most of the life-changing opportunities this Scholarship presents – she has already shown her passion for youth diving and as a Georgia Williams Trust ambassador. We are going to have another exciting Scholarship year!”