One of the ways Gumbo Limbo Nature Center promotes the message of healthy beaches and other coastal ecosystems is by awarding scholarships to high school and graduate students committed to academic fields preparing them for careers related to our mission. The Gordon Gilbert Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s academic curriculum and grades, volunteer activities at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center or other volunteer and extracurricular activities related to coastal conservation, an essay describing the student’s contributions so far and future plans, and an interview with the scholarship committee. The graduate candidates also present a summary of their research to the committee and commit to an additional public presentation for a more general audience. The announcements and applications for the 2012 scholarships are posted on the Nature Center’s website at http://220.127.116.11/Scholarship. Applications are due February 18, 2012.