Need for a Scholarship Fund
We are developing a scholarship fund to support the Youth Project, and its mission of developing future leaders in ocean sustainability. To build continuity and foster leadership in Ulithi and on the mainland US, it is important for students to mentor other students. A scholarship fund will allow students from previous seasons to return to Ulithi Atoll in leadership roles. Involving youth in this way – actively engaging them in critical aspects affecting the future of their natural and cultural environments – will ensure development of strong, knowledgeable, leaders. The scholarship fund also will also extend the benefit of this exceptional learning opportunity to deserving students whose families have limited finances. In addition, experience has shown that the impact of the Youth Project would be enhanced by extending the duration of the summer program so that local students have received enough training to continue monitoring the reef and fisheries independently during the rest of the year.
For 2018, we are seeking to raise $26,000 to fund:
- 3 half scholarships of $3,000
- 1 full scholarship of $6,000
- $5,000 to support the program leader and assistant
- $6,000 to cover direct costs such as boat and fuel expenses
Scholarships will be awarded according to financial need, student career goals and demonstrated academic and social responsibility.
Donations to Bluecology on behalf of One People One Reef are tax-deductible. Donors may choose to support specific activities, and they may choose to remain anonymous. Students funded under the scholarship will provide an account of their work and experiences, which will be available to donors.
Donations are needed by end March 2018.