Columbus, OH – Scholarships make taking science classes at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, more affordable than ever – especially for educators seeking professional development.
“Taking a class at The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab has shown to be impactful both academically and professionally,” said Dr. Christopher Winslow, interim director of Stone Laboratory. “Don’t let finances be the roadblock that keeps you from this impactful and hands on learning opportunity.”
New Center for Great Lakes Literacy Scholarships, introduced this year, cover room, board and lab fees. Formal or informal educators enrolling in Field Ecology, Group Studies: Water and Wildlife Training for Educators or Ornithology for Teachers are eligible to apply. Funding for this new scholarship for educators comes from CGLL’s Great Lakes Research Institute funding, said Ohio Sea Grant Outreach and Education assistant Lyndsey Manzo, who is the state lead for Ohio with CGLL.
“We have budgeted $4,000 every single year as part of teacher or participants support,” Manzo said. “This year, room, board and lab fees combined are $495, so we can support eight teachers. … It drastically reduces their costs for a weeklong immersive experience to learn both Great Lakes content and great pedagogy.”
The scholarship is available whether or not teachers are taking the course for graduate credit, Manzo said. Scholarship awards will be based on the applicant’s need and their ability to make widespread impact on students. The deadline is April 8, 2016. To apply, fill out the form at go.osu.edu/cgllscholarship after submitting your Stone Lab application.
Educators can also apply for Alphyl Scholarships. These scholarships, established by Dr. Vic Mayer, are available for those who are enrolled in Field Geology for Educators or Group Studies: Water and Wildlife Training for Educators. For more information, email Dr. Lawrence Krissek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received by April 8 have priority, but applications will continue to be accepted until May 1.
Scholarships are still available for other students, too. For the second year, the Ottawa County Community Foundation is offering full Stone Lab scholarships to permanent residents of Ottawa County. To apply, contact 614.292.8949 or email@example.com for additional scholarship requirements after submitting your Stone Lab application.
Ohio college students entering their final year in four- and five-year programs or their second year in two-year degree programs can apply for merit-based, non-renewable scholarships through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The application deadline is April 15. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/epascholarship.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is The Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit stonelab.osu.edu.