Friends of the Everglades is pleased to launch the second year of our Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program scholarship and internship.

Our 2023 recipient Autumn Bryan (featured in the video left) participated in class presentations with Young Friends of the Everglades, contributed to our blog, and helped develop Everglades Learning Library Kits – deployed to public libraries in 3 counties.

This fall, one undergraduate or graduate recipient will be awarded $10,000 and participate in a 14-week internship at Friends of the Everglades in Stuart, Florida, for 15 hours per week. While supporting the work of the Young Friends of the Everglades program, the intern will complete a capstone project aligned to their interests and area of study. 

Please feel free to share this opportunity with environmentally motivated students in the South Florida area.

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2024

Karen Mashburn was a long-tenured member of the Friends of the Everglades Board of Directors who was instrumental in establishing and stewarding the Young Friends of the Everglades youth education program. During her lifetime, more than 100,000 students in Miami-Dade County participated in Young Friends of the Everglades and were inspired by the legendary leadership of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the importance of preserving the only Everglades in the world. In 2023, Karen’s husband, Jerry Mashburn, made a generous gift to Friends of the Everglades allowing for creation of the Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program in her memory. We’re grateful for the impact of his philanthropy.