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Gills Club Scholarship Application

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is offering a course in Shark Biology & Conservation July 29 - August 12 2019.  The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1,000 living species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, which collectively make up the group Chondrichthyes. This course will cover advanced topics in the evolution, diversity, anatomy, functional morphology, physiology, sensory systems, behavior, reproduction, development, and conservation of cartilaginous fishes.

The course is being taught by Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall. 

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) is pleased to offer a full-ride Gills Club scholarship (tuition, room & board, and the Shoal’s lab fee) for one student. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must follow these requirements:

-Scholarship is only available to female applicants.

-Students must submit transcripts that support an average GPA of 3.5.  Exception: Employed students with an average GPA of 3.0-3.49 can still apply but must include a proof of employment letter from their boss that shows work hours and years of employment.

-Submit a one-page essay answering one of the following question:

  • What would it mean for you to take Shark Biology and Conservation at SML?
  • How will this course contribute to your future career goals? 

Applications for the scholarship are due by March 1, 2019.

Please complete the form below, providing your personal information and uploading the required documents. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please submit inquiries to All applications are due by March 1, 2019.

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Letter must be signed by employer and can either be submitted by email to, or electronically as a PDF.