Introductions of the 2014 Rolex Scholars were made at the 40th anniversary of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society during a gala evening at the New York Yacht Club’s Manhattan clubhouse.
The organization has honored 88 scholars to date, along with interns and volunteers from across the globe, all dedicated to promoting “educational activities associated with the underwater world.”
Ana Sofía Guerra was named the 2014 North American Rolex Scholar; Elena Salim Haubold was named the 2014 European Rolex Scholar; and Courtney Anne Rayes was named the 2014 Australasian Rolex Scholar.
Since 1974, founding partner Rolex Watch U.S.A. has been the society’s partner in education, with the society annually selecting three Rolex Scholars — one each from North America, Europe and Australasia — to receive financial and logistical support to further their understanding of the career possibilities related to researching the depths of the sea.
Each young scholar, working closely with leaders in marine-related fields, spends a year immersed in hands-on activity that furthers their underwater explorations.
Specialists host diving-related experiences that expose the Rolex Scholars to the related areas of marine biology, oceanography, medicine, physiology, research, photography and business.