FAU students receive scholarships from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

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Staff report

Two graduate students from Florida Atlantic University were recipients of 2019 Guy Harvey scholarships.

Ashley Schenk and Ryan Stolee were two of eight students selected to receive the award from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit organization that conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment.

Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship to support their individual academic programs as well as a certificate designed and signed by world-renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey.

Ashley Schenk, from Chattanooga, Tenn., is a doctoral student at FAU studying veterinary medicine with research focused on conducting an ecosystem survey of hogfish populations in South Florida.

Ryan Stolee, from Brooklyn Park, Minn., is a graduate student at FAU studying biology with research focused on blacktip shark patterns and habitat uses during overwintering in South Florida.

“We are proud to be supporting these brilliant young minds who are the next generation of researchers, marine biologists and conservationists,” said Dr. Harvey. “We want to do everything we can to fuel their passion and acknowledge the tremendous work they are helping to pioneer.”

The Guy Harvey Scholarship Award was established in 2010 through a partnership between Florida Sea Grant and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to recognize graduate students at Florida universities whose research focuses on the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in Florida’s marine environment. Since its inception, 57 students have received more than $250,000 in scholarships.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Guy Harvey Scholarship Award. For more information, and to apply, visit www.flseagrant.org/students/scholarships/guyharvey/