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The Chris Stuart Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a qualified individual, to be used to cover 100% of the tuition expense of the 2018 Ron Rhinehart International Aquatic Safety School(R). Nominations are made for qualified individuals by their supervisor(s). This year, we are asking supervisors to nominate an employee by video submission. The video submission must also include the nominee detailing why he or she would qualify for this scholarship.

While the submitted video does not require anything more than recorded explanations of qualifications, we encourage each nominator and nominee to be creative. The Stuart family will review submissions and communicate their choice to E&A staff. Please have your video submission available for E&A staff to access no later than November 10, 2017.

If you are unable to make a video submission, E&A will accept a written submission, emailed to the email address indicated below. All written submissions must be in Word or PDF and contain all the elements indicated in the criteria. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Luke by phone at 407-401-7129.

Specific Criteria:

The video must include the candidates:

  • Full Name of Nominee
  • Organization/Facility nominee works for
  • Position the nominee at the facility
  • Supervisor name
  • Supervisor’s position at the facility

The video should highlight the following items, to be completed by the nominating supervisor:

  • Why are you nominating this person?
  • What it will mean to your facility if this person is able to attend IASS.
  • What it will mean to the nominee if they were able to attend IASS.
  • What makes this nominee exceptional?

The video should also include a brief recording of the nominee explaining why he or she should receive this scholarship and how it will help his/her facility.

Testimonials regarding the candidate (optional):

  • Supervisor (someone other than the nominator)
  • Parent
  • Teacher/Trainer
  • Religious leader
  • Community leader
  • Fellow employees
  • Friends, Neighbors, Relatives

Videos should be no longer than 8 minutes (6 minutes or less is recommended).

Once your video is complete, please upload it to a video hosting website or cloud service and email the link to the video (along with contact information) to Luke Martinez at All videos must be completed by November 10, 2017 to be considered.

Examples of free video hosting websites or cloud services:

  • Youtube
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Vimeo