2020 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 research grants from Friends of Gumbo Limbo to graduate students committed to academic fields preparing them for careers related to our conservation mission.

Friends of Gumbo Limbo has established a graduate level grant ($2500 per awardee). This grant application is open to a graduate student attending any College or University with an accredited Masters or PhD program whose current or proposed original research is relevant to the mission of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Grant funds provided by Friends of Gumbo Limbo are not to be used towards indirect costs of the academic department or the university.

Submit all application materials by the application deadline, March 23, 2020.

Additional details/requirements available here.

Please Carefully Review All Requirements & Apply Via Email

For information on undergraduate scholarships, please contact the George Snow Foundation. While the application deadline has passed for the following scholarships, they are offered yearly and will be available for 2021. Gumbo Limbo has two scholarships available through the foundation:

The Gordon J. Gilbert Scholarship

The first director of Gumbo Limbo was Gordon Gilbert, a former science teacher at Boca High School and one of those foresighted persons who worked to make land preservation of what is now Red Reef Park (including Gumbo Limbo) a reality.  He taught marine science out of his station wagon near the beach and influenced several generations of students who are now returning with their children.

Charles N. Kurucz Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Charles N. Kurucz was the first in his family to attend college and went on to obtain a PhD and become a professor at the University of Miami for over 35 years. An avid sailor, he was always a huge supporter of marine conservation, especially in Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. His Family has carried forth this passion for the marine sciences in their involvement with Gumbo Limbo since 2003.