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Abingdon Foundation Awards First DEMA Show Scholarship

The Abingdon Foundation recently announced that Deanna Morris-Stacey had won the “It’s About Time” scholarship for next month’s DEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Traveling from Tennessee, Deanna will be guided by the Abingdon Foundation to help her network and make those all-important personal introductions to key industry leaders during the four-day event. The Foundation’s mission is to empower the female pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries worldwide, by providing an all-expenses-paid trip to leading industry shows like DEMA Show. Deanna’s hotel, conference registration, and round-trip airfare will be included.

Foundation President Abingdon Mullin said:

“The SCUBA industry is calling out for more divers every day. Though historically, diving is male dominated, women are closing the gap. There are many opportunities in the world of SCUBA beyond getting your open water certification, and we want to show women just what they can accomplish in the SCUBA Dive Industry. If exposed to the SCUBA industry as a viable career or hobby, they might pursue the field. Why not give her that exposure?”

This year the Foundation had an overwhelming response of innovative entries, according to Mullin:

“Deanna demonstrated a thoughtfulness not seen by any other applicant of our mission to promote women in STEAM industries. She created multiple informational sheets discussing industries for women such as welding and engineering. Her application will help promote the mission of The Abingdon Foundation.”

If you’re a dive pro attending DEMA Show, Deanna will be at booth #1271.

Back in 2007, Abingdon founded the Abingdon Watch Co., a company which makes adventurous watches for adventurous women. As an open water diver herself, she was driven to empower women and encourage other women to reach their dreams. In 2011, she began offering an annual scholarship to bring a woman to the Women in Aviation Conference, which she dedicated a portion of the proceeds from watch sales.

Due to the growing interest in creating more scholarships and better outreach, Abingdon expanded the program to three annual sponsorships. This resulted in the newborn Abingdon Foundation which soft launched November 3, 2017, the 10-year anniversary of The Abingdon Watch Co.

To date, this is the third scholarship the Foundation has awarded. The first was awarded to Holly Gardel to help her attend the Heli-Expo and the second was to Khodani Davhana to help attend the Women in Aviation Conference.

For more info, check out the foundation’s website at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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