2019 Friends of Gumbo Limbo Scholarships & Graduate Research Grants

One of the ways Gumbo Limbo Nature Center promotes the message of healthy beaches and other coastal ecosystems is by awarding scholarships from Friends of Gumbo Limbo to high school students and research grants to graduate students committed to academic fields preparing them for careers related to our conservation mission. The Gordon J. Gilbert High School scholarships ($2,500 per awardee) are awarded based on the student’s academic curriculum and grades, volunteer activities/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 Charles N. Kurucz Memorial ($2,500 per awardee, with potential for additional awards) scholarship is designated as a needs-based competitive scholarship requiring applicants to be either a 1st generation college student (immediate family such as parents, step-parents or grandparents have not graduated from college), and/or eligible for the Free & Reduced Price School Meals program (must provide a written confirmation from the student's Guidance Counselor). 

The Gordon J. Gilbert Graduate Research Grant ($2,500 per awardee) candidates, in addition to some standard requirements, must also present a short summary of their research to the committee and commit to an additional public presentation of information for a more general audience.  Grant funds provided by Friends of Gumbo Limbo are not to be used towards indirect costs of the academic department and the university.

Submit all application materials by the application deadline, February 8, 2019.

Additional details/requirements available here.

Review all Requirements & Apply Below - Online Application

High School Senior/College Freshman Apply here!

FAU Junior or Senior Undergraduates Apply here!

Graduate Students Apply here!


For full details and requirements of the different scholarships, CLICK HERE or download the documents (Word) below.

2018 Downloadable Application Materials

These items must be printed, completed, scanned and e-mailed to scholarship@gumbolimbo.org if you choose not to apply online above. It is required to apply electronically. Deadline is February 8, 2019, despite the Word Documents deadline mentions.

High School:    Requirements 

Graduate Student:     Requirements 


Friends of Gumbo Limbo Scholarship Supporters

 Thomas A. and Michele Kurucz Peel

Manjunath and Roja Pendakur

Dr. Paul and Cindy Homer

Phil and Judy Messing