In February of 2020, United Way of Collier and the Keys announced a $3.5 million grant from the United Arab Emirates to catalyze funding for NOAA’s Mission: Iconic Reefs and complementary educational initiatives. As one of the largest investments in reef restoration anywhere in the world, by restoring corals at seven iconic reef sites in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Mission: Iconic Reefs will change the trajectory of an entire ecosystem and help save one of the world’s most unique areas for future generations. In addition to the restoration efforts, interwoven educational components are included in this project to ensure sustainability. These include the UWCK-UAE Marine Science Educational Advancement Scholarship to support Monroe County residents pursuing their degree in a marine science related field at state universities and colleges committed to Florida Keys reef restoration efforts.
A Scholarship Committee will review the applicants taking into consideration educational achievement, career objectives, school activities, references, and financial need. Scholarships awarded are paid directly to the institution.
Awardees are eligible and encouraged to apply annually beyond their first year of funding as they continue to pursue this educational track. Scholarships may be used to offset tuition, books and materials, and room and board expenses. Applicants may apply for scholarships to support marine science related certificates, associate degrees, or bachelor’s programs.
Purpose: UWCK’s goal is to support Monroe County residents pursuing their degree in a marine science related field at state universities committed to Florida Keys reef restoration efforts for students already engaged in this work and demonstrating financial need.
Must be a full-time Monroe County resident for past 12 months (since 1/1/22)
Must be able to demonstrate engagement in Florida Keys marine science.
Must have a 2.5 GPA.
For upcoming terms/semesters. (Beginning on/after August 1, 2023)
Higher education only
Award amounts: $500-$5,000 (Depending on application ranking, educational track and other criteria)
*Application period: February 23rd, 2023 - April 7th, 2023*