Our World-Underwater Scholarship
Australasian Rolex Scholarship
P.O. Box 8, 145 Sydney Rd,
Fairlight, Sydney, NSW 2094, Australia Phone/Fax (02) 99492953
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March 2008 - Our World Underwater Scholarship Society
launches Australasia site.
I am delighted to announce we have gone live with a site specifically
for the Australasian scholar.
In a blog format, the site will tell
the scholar's story as he or she progresses through their year.
For the latest scholarship news from
Australasia, please click to visit
Feb 2008 - Our World Underwater Scholarship Society
Announces the 2008
Australasian Rolex Scholar
A panel to select the OW-USS
Australasian Rolex Scholar 2008/09 was convened in Sydney on
Sunday 10th February 2008.
It is therefore my duty and great pleasure to announce that
the Australasian Rolex Our World-Underwater Scholarship
Society Scholar for 2008/09 has been duly selected.
The new Rolex
Australasian Scholar is Mr. Steven Lindfield, an Australian
Steve has a Bachelor
of Science degree with Class 1 honours in Marine Science
from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.
Steves hopes for the future: “My personal goals revolve
around the ocean, I believe everyone has a reason in life,
and I know mine is related to maintenance of the
biodiversity of the ocean. Fish are my favourite group of
marine organisms, my life so far has revolved around them
and I hope the rest of my life will continue to do the same.
I am grateful that I have had experience with a diversity of
marine life at a young age”.
Steves goals: “There
are so many legends that have dedicated their life to
environment, especially the marine environment: whether it
is from ecological research, taxonomy or public advocates
and documentary workers. These people have really made a
difference to the world and I only hope that one day I will
become one of them”.
A full c.v./bio is
attached, but in the meantime please join me in welcoming
Steve to the Scholarship family and wishing him every
success during his Scholarship year and thereafter.
I feel he is a very
worthy recipient who will be a shining ambassador for the
Scholarship Society, our Corporate Sponsor Rolex and not
least of all, himself and his family.
Our World Underwater Scholarship Society
Announces the very first
Australasian Rolex Scholar 2007/2008
For the past 32 years the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS)
has offered scholarships in the USA and more recently Europe.
In April 2006 the Our World – Underwater Scholarship Society with the
support of Rolex expanded its outreach to offer an Australasian
The Rolex Scholarships provides a hands-on introduction to the
underwater world and other aquatic related endeavours for young people
with an interest in underwater related disciplines. This permits career
decisions to be based on “hands on” work experiences. The
Rolex Scholars are perceived to have the potential to make a significant
contribution to the underwater world, even though he or she may not yet
have chosen a specific career path. The goal is to foster development of
the future leaders of the marine environment. The Society continues to
believe that by investing in special young people, by exposing them to a
broad array of activities in the underwater community and by giving them
opportunities to work with influential people who are leaders in aquatic
disciplines, it is investing in the future of our underwater world.
For our first year we had an impressive list of entries. It was a
difficult choice getting to the two finalists. For the two finalists we
ran a panel interview. There were four panel members, Sue Crowe, Tabata
Australia, Peter Fields, diving icon, David Harasti, NSW fisheries and
myself as the Australasian coordinator. After a tough decision we
awarded the first Australasian scholarship to Mathew Kertesz.
Mathew holds a Bachelor of Marine Science majoring in marine biology at
Macquarie University in North Ryde, Sydney.
Mathew’s goals as a scientist during the scholarship year; he hopes that
he can significantly contribute to our understanding of how marine
ecosystems function – the intricacies, the great and the subtle ways
that all levels of biodiversity interact to comprise the extraordinary
communities that exist in even the simplest of marine environments. His
key area of interest is fish and fish communities. An avid snorkeller
since the age of five and always fascinated by fish of all shapes and
sizes. Throughout his lifetime, fish communities have come to the
forefront. The conflict between conservation and the need to sustain the
ever-increasing human population and over harvesting has led to the
collapse of many coastal fisheries. As a marine scientist, he wishes to
contribute to a greater understanding of our marine environment so that
fish communities will thrive into the future.
Matt being congratulated by Diving Legend's Ron and Valerie Taylor
Mathew is a conservationist, but also a realist and his goal is that we
can use our increasing knowledge of how the marine world functions to
develop better ways of managing and conserving the underwater world. If
conservation is to succeed it needs to be based on the best possible
science, and management practices will need to be continually refined
and improved. His hope is that scientific research in the marine world
can drive the evolution of management of marine ecosystems, and that
conflicts between stakeholders with opposing viewpoints can be reduced.
It is critical that there is openness and transparency at all levels of
marine management and that those charged with the protection of marine
environments can with all honesty claim to always employ best possible
practice in their duties. He hopes to, through the course of his career;
contribute to this by providing robust and relevant science that
management decisions can be made upon.
Lastly, his goal as a human being is that we can leave to the next
generation an underwater world that is healthier, more vibrant and
better-protected than was left to our generation. Mathew believes that
this should be the aim of every successive generation: for the world
that our children inherit to be a better place than we were born into.
As the winner of this prestigious scholarship award Mathew will be
presented with a Rolex watch, a visit to the Explorers Club in New York
City to receive his award officially and sponsorship of his Scuba Diving
equipment by Tabata Australia Pty Ltd.
For more information please visit the Society’s web site at
www.owuscholarship.org and follow the links to the Australasian Rolex
Vice President -Australasian Operations
PO Box 8
145 Sydney Rd
Matt with the 2006/2007 European Scholar, Delia Ní Chíobháin and
Australasian co-ordinator Jayne Jenkins and her partner Colin.