Erin McFadden, 21, was born and raised in the Scottish coastal town of Dunbar and has always found the sea a source of fascination and contentment. Currently a final year undergraduate Marine Biology student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Erin first started to pursue the field of Marine Biology during high school after family caravan holidays spent around the British coastline opened her eyes to the wonderment of the sea.
Erin is elated and honoured to be named European Rolex Scholar for 2011. She views the prospect of a year spent getting to the heart of the diving and underwater world and acquiring skills in an array of underwater disciplines as an unparalleled and extremely prodigious opportunity. “It is a true privilege to be representing both the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society and Rolex and one for which I will be eternally grateful.”