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Melisa Heintz
Deborah Klughers
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Women Divers Hall of Fame $2000 Scholarship Fund recognizes the contributions of women pioneers, leaders and innovators in the many fields of diving; Promoting careers & opportunities for women in the dive community. Meet some of the receipients of these scholarships.

Visit the Women Divers Hall of Fame website to learn more.
2011 Receipient: Deborah KlughersDeborah Klughers

Deborah’s level of involvement in marine conservation is extremely impressive. She is active in working with local government on grants and recycling initiatives to help the community and waterways. She is currently working at the local government level in her community on the “East Hampton Plastic Bag Reduction and Recycling Act”. She has also strongly advocated for the past four years on an initiative to stop a 55-year “tradition” of throwing balloons into the ocean during the annual “Montauk Blessing of the Fleet”.

Deborah has created, hosts and produces a public access weekly television show entitled, “Keepin it Green”. Her most recent filming is “The Gulf Oil Spill: What Have We Lost?” with Dr. Carl Safina, author, President and Co-Founder of Blue Ocean Institute, leading in on the panel discussion. Deborah’s level of commitment to marine conservation, to furthering her education, and to service activities are especially remarkable given that she is simultaneously raising a family of four children.

The $2,000 scholarship funds will be applied to cover some of Deborah’s expenses involved for a summer field course in Marine Protected Areas. This class takes place in Belize. Field study is a requirement for the Marine Conservation and Policy Program. Personal research is an integral part of her life and is fulfilled not only in the course of formal education, but also through an awareness of and participation in local issues regarding the marine environment.