About The Scholarship Society

Rolex Scholarships

Since 1974, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® has provided firsthand experiences in underwater-related disciplines to young people considering careers in the underwater world. Each year a Rolex scholar is selected from North America, Europe, and Australasia to work with leaders in marine-related fields partaking in endeavors ranging from scientific expeditions, underwater research, field study, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and/or other specialized assignments. Scholars spend a year traveling extensively to gain exposure and get hands-on experiences in activities that will contribute to a well-rounded education. Each year, the incoming interns and Rolex Scholars are provided with membership in the Explorers Club.

Each Rolex Scholar is granted a coordinator who assists in organizing their itinerary. Breadth of experience is emphasized, but each program is tailored to meet each scholar’s background and interests. Itineraries may include time with specialists in such areas as biology, archaeology, dive industry-related operations, underwater photography, and conservation. Other areas of study may include:

  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Equipment Design and/or Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Dive Management
  • Marine Expeditions
  • Government/Policy
  • Tourism
  • Publishing
  • Commercial and Research Diving
  • Ecological Activism

The global underwater community views the Rolex Scholars as having the potential to make significant contributions to the underwater world even though they may not have yet chosen a specific career path. Exposure to a wide array of topics and work environments provides the scholars with a broad overview of the underwater world that will help guide career decisions.



North America

The society offers summer internships in North America for 1-3 month periods to college undergraduates and graduating seniors. Internship recipients receive a grant to help fund travel to/from site, room and board, and a stipend to cover living expenses. Our current North American internship sponsors include the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Divers Alert Network (DAN), the National Park Service (NPS), and the REEF Environmental Education Foundation.


Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

The Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) is dedicated to providing young leaders with exemplary experiences in the underwater world. We strive to cultivate an organization built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. We believe in diversity, both in terms of ideas, and the people that form our organization. 

We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our organization. OWUSS further promotes diversity and inclusion in all areas of activity, including scholarships, internships, leadership, committees, outreach, public engagement, recruitment and all other areas of Society activity.


For More Information Contact:
Roberta Flanders, Executive Administrator