Scholarship recipient Haleigh Ray studies samples collected in the field to determine types of insect activity on native orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand.

The Naples Orchid Society offers a $2000 annual scholarship to be awarded to a qualified student pursuing a program in Botany, Conservation or Environmental Science. Preference will be given, but not limited, to a student studying/working in SW Florida on a worthy orchid related project. The Scholarship may also be used to fund, or partially fund, an internship at an appropriate organization.

Applications will be accepted at any time, but the Scholarship will be awarded at the Naples Orchid Society regular meeting in October (for a student at a college or university working on a project) or May/June (for a person on a summer internship), or at another time as deemed appropriate by the Naples Orchid Society Board of Directors.

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Depending upon the nature of the project, the scholarship will be awarded in two parts: $1000 initially and another $1000 half way through the project or internship, following the submission of an interim progress report.

Applications will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee appointed by the Naples Orchid Society Board of Directors and a recommendation made to the Board of Directors. The selected applicant will be asked to meet with the Board, if possible, and even present the results of his/her study to a general membership meeting if appropriate.