Third and fourth grade students from Royal Palm Elementary School stay engaged in a presentation about Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Young Friends of the Everglades on June 1, 2023, in Miami.

Friends of the Everglades is pleased to announce the Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program scholarship and internship.

One undergraduate or graduate recipient will be awarded $10,000 and participate in a 12-week Fall 2023 internship at Friends of the Everglades in Stuart, Florida, for approximately 15 hours per week. As the intern helps to support the Young Friends of the Everglades program and engage in community outreach, they will develop a wide range of skills including communications and instructional skills and gain an understanding of governance and guidelines in the nonprofit arena.

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

Deadline to Apply: July 15, 2023

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.

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