Announcing the University of Tasmania 'Trent Williams Memorial Sea Shepherd Access Scholarship'

Thursday, 15 Sep, 2022

Sea Shepherd is proud to announce the 'Trent Williams Memorial Sea Shepherd Scholarship' that has been created to honour the life of dedicated volunteer Trent Williams and share in his passion for marine life with a future ocean advocate.

Trent on a remote clean-up campaign in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

Trent Williams was a passionate and dedicated Sea Shepherd volunteer for over 9 years who passed away suddenly in 2022 due to a tragic diving incident. Trent was a leader, an educator and an ambassador for the ocean. In early 2022, Trent had enrolled in his first university course and was excited to learn more about marine conservation.

In honour of Trent, Sea Shepherd is sponsoring a scholarship to a commencing student studying a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science at the University of Tasmania to continue his legacy of defending, conserving and protecting the ocean. 

"We’d like to see someone continue the studies that Trent started and hopefully do the great work that we know he would have.”

- Tony Smith, Director of Sea Shepherd Australia

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a commencing student studying a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science at the University of Tasmania in Semester 1, 2023. This is an attendance course at the Sandy Bay campus in nipaluna / Hobart.

Selection will be based on demonstration of financial need. Preference may be given to students who are interested in pursuing a major in marine biology; marine resource management or oceanography.


$6,000 per annum. An additional $2,000 will be offered to assist with costs associated with starting a university degree.

Closing Date

31 October 2022



Online Course: Undergraduate Certificate in Antarctic and Climate Science

At the time of his passing, Trent was enrolled in an Undergraduate Certificate in Antarctic and Climate Science: a remote one-year course. With a 100% online delivery method, this a great alternative for anyone interested in pursuing studies in Marine Science who can’t attend the full degree course in nipaluna / Hobart, or as a starting point for further studies.

Developed by researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and climate science experts at the University of Tasmania, this course spans cross disciplinary themes with a strong focus on climate change, marine ecosystems and ocean and Antarctic governance.




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