National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation funds scholarships

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FIU receiving check from National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation

Sea turtle populations are in decline. Pollution, sea level rise, development, habitat encroachment, overfishing and illegal harvesting have decimated the number of turtles around the globe.

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation recently donated $45,000 to the university to help marine science students advance their sea turtle research.

Some funds will directly support FIU labs conducting sea turtle research and $30,000 will go towards three $10,000 scholarships for upper-division undergraduates pursuing marine science research related to sea turtle conservation.

Juniors and seniors majoring in marine biology, biology or chemistry are eligible for this scholarship. As part of the application, students are asked to provide a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts and a budget with justification.

To apply, login to Academic Works with FIU Credentials and complete the general application form followed by the specific scholarship application below. The deadline is Jan. 17.

For more information, please email Dr. James Fourqurean, associate director of FIU’s Institute of the Environment and CC Catherine Guinovart, coordinator of administrative services.

Angela Nicoletti contributed to this article.