National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Scholarship for Upper Division Marine Science Undergraduates

This scholarship, funded by the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation, will fund three $10,000 scholarships for upper division marine science undergraduate students conducting marine science research that is directly related to sea turtle conservation.

To qualify for the scholarship students must be either juniors or seniors majoring in Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, or in a program under the Department of Earth and Environment.

The funds are to be used to fund the purchase of equipment, materials, and supplies that are directly related to the student’s research project. Leftover funds may also be used to fund student tuition at a rate of $205.57 per credit hour for Florida residents and $618.87 per credit hour for non-residents. The funds may NOT be used for travel expenses or student stipends.

Please keep in mind that the following criteria will be used to rank the scholarship applications:

  • The personal statement must indicate
    • A clear plan explaining career goals and aspirations
    • A clear description of how this support will help the student achieve the above goals and aspirations
    • Clear description of research interests
  • Strength of support in the letters of recommendation
  • Financial need

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email Dr. James Fourqurean (, Associate Director of FIU’s Institute of the Environment and CC Catherine Guinovart (, Coordinator of Administrative Services.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Personal Statement: This should include a summary of your motivation, career goals, and plans for using the scholarship funds to support your study and research. (limited to 4 pages)
  2. Unofficial Copy of Undergraduate Transcripts
  3. Project Budget with Budget Justification (Remaining funds from award will go towards tuition)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One from an FIU faculty member and one from an expert in some aspect of sea turtle biology and ecology (this expert could also be an FIU professor).
    • Please provide the name and email address of your expert sea turtle reference provider
    • Please provide the name and email address of your FIU faculty member reference provider