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2019 AAUS Foundation Report

In 2019 the AAUS Foundation disbursed $13,407 in scholarship funds, including first place and runner‐up awards for both doctoral and master candidates, the Dr. Lee H Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Training Internship, the Mitchell AAUS Scientific Diving Internship, a Best Student paper award, and a Kevin Flanagan Student Travel award. An additional $24,175 was utillized to revamp the Foundation website and assist with the AAUS websites upgrade.

The annual donation drive at the Vancouver Symposium, combined with efforts earlier in the year, raised $28,831 for scholarships. A challenge grant from one of our own DSOs made 2019 a near record year for fundraising. Bill Powers matched the first $5000 raised by the foundation with $5000 of his own, effectively doubling many donations. Please continue to give generously because, with the Symposium moving to spring of 2021, there will be no opportunity for one on one fundraising in 2020.

Information on the AAUS Foundation, opportunities to make tax deductible donations (just one more month left in 2019) and purchase Symposium prints may be found at www.aausfoundation.org.