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College of The Bahamas, Island School Launch Year-Round Bahamas Enviro Program (Eleuthera)
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Posted by:Jan 24th 2008, 11:51:23 am
Fig Tree News TeamCollege of The Bahamas and The Island School Launch Year-Long Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Program

For more information, contact Chris Maxey, (242) 359-7625

(The Island School, Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas, January 21, 2008) — To prepare young Bahamian leaders for successful college careers, The College of The Bahamas (COB) and The Island School have launched a year-long study and work program called the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Program (BESS). BESS gives deserving students a full-scholarship to The Island School semester program as well as a stipend to intern at a conservation-related organization for the other semester. For their participation in the BESS program, COB will give students the opportunity to earn advanced placement credit for courses in literature, history, math, science, and art. The BESS program will be officially unveiled during a press conference at the Michael Eldon Board Room at COB on January 24th at 11am.

“Through the BESS program, COB and The Island School will give college-bound students the opportunity for additional academic and social development,” says Island School Founder and Director Chris Maxey. “Our rigorous academic curriculum will prepare students for the challenges of college. At the same time, by living on our South Eleuthera campus for a semester, students will learn more about the conservation and sustainable development issues facing the country today.”

Stan Burnside is part of the pilot BESS program this year. He graduated from St. Anne’s in spring 2007 and was accepted to Ithaca College in New York. Stan deferred Ithaca until fall 2008 so he could attend The Island School in fall 2007 semester and this spring he will intern at the Cape Eleuthera Institute where he will support collaborative research with the University of Miami on open ocean aquaculture.

In addition to COB, The Island School is working with the following organizations to secure internships for BESS participants: Lyford Cay Foundation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Bahamas National Trust, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, Kirtland Warbler Research Study Project, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Environment, and the Cape Eleuthera Institute.

Graduating high-school seniors are eligible to apply to the BESS program by the March 1st, 2008 deadline (visit www.islandschool.org). Students must demonstrate a solid grade point average, be motivated to further their academic skill development, and have a keen interest in learning more about the environment.

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The Cape Eleuthera Island School is a three month college-preparatory experience on the island of Eleuthera. It gives young Bahamian high school graduates the opportunity to meet rigorous academic and physical challenges. Forty eight students from all over the U.S. and The Bahamas leave the program excited about learning, ready for college, and with SCUBA certification and science research skills that set them apart from their peers.

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