See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Detroit native becomes first African-American to be awarded diver scholarship

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 5:52 PM

click to enlarge ISABELLE KUEHN / SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Isabelle Kuehn / Shutterstock

Dorian Banks, a 27-year-old Detroit native, is the first African-American to be awarded the Future of Diving Scholarship.

Dive Mentor, an international nonprofit education organization that seeks to protect marine wildlife and fragile marine habitats, selects one individual each year to attend its four-month marine conservation professional diver program at its Caribbean research site. The organization selected Banks from among hundreds of applicants around the world who applied for the scholarship.

“Our entire program is specifically designed to strengthen the students’ understanding of the ocean and everything in it, while allowing them to earn valuable internationally recognized certifications and documented community service hours,” says James L. Clark, an instructor trainer and the director of education for Dive Mentor.
Banks attended Marygrove College and earned his open water scuba certification in 2018. As a student dedicated to the protection of marine wildlife and fragile ecosystems, Banks will earn his professional diver credentials during his training, as well as certifications in coral conversation, turtle ecology, shark ecology, marine ecology, and emergency medicine.

Clark says divers make some of the best ambassadors for the ocean, as they help to change perspectives and allow people to see the effects of pollution, coral bleaching, and single-use plastic.

More information is available at facebook.com/divementors.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 25, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2020 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation