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College Intern Scholarships


Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce the availability of a limited amount of scholarship funds available for bright and deserving interns participating in the Mote College Intern Program. These scholarships are intended to provide partial support for living expenses for a full-time, 10 week or longer internship. The amount of each scholarship will vary according to intern financial need, internship duration, and the number of recipients. It is a one-time award of up to $2,500 per recipient. Scholarship recipients may be asked to produce a short thank-you letter and/or a report summarizing their training and accomplishments.


Mote College Internship scholarships are available to interns participating in all Mote College Intern Programs except the Mote REU Program, which provides paid research internships through funding from the National Science Foundation. Scholarships are limited, and students must exhibit a strong financial need to be considered for these awards. In addition to financial need, the scholarship selection committee also bases its decisions on the applicant's experience, career goals and placement in a specific Mote program. Interns from minority groups under-represented in science are encouraged to apply for scholarships to promote diversity in the marine sciences. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents - candidates having a U.S. Social Security Number - are eligible to apply for intern scholarships.

Available Scholarships

  • The Majorie G. Gilbert and Louis S. Gilbert Scholarship: Established by the Golder family of Chicago in honor of long-time Mote volunteer Louis S. Gilbert who passed away in August 1996. This endowment has been augmented by generous donations from Mote volunteer Pauline Becker in honor of her late husband Gene, and also from the estate of Suzanne H. Anderson in honor of her late and dear husband, Einar T. Anderson. The purpose of the Gilbert Scholarship is to honor and financially assist students interning in all Mote science, education and aquarium programs and support divisions.
  • The Emily Argo Memorial Scholarship in Marine Mammal Research: Established by the Mote Scientific Foundation in honor of Emily Argo, a conservation biologist with Wildlife Trust and colleague of Mote researchers. Emily died in a 2003 plane crash while conducting aerial surveys of the endangered right whale. The purpose of the Argo scholarship is to honor and financially assist students interning in Mote's Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research. 
  • The Chris Cattaneo Memorial Scholarship in Shark Biology: Established by the Cattaneo family of Warren, Mich., in honor of their son and brother, Chris, who died in 2003 in a personal watercraft accident. Chris had a deep, long-standing interest in shark biology. The purpose of the Cattaneo Scholarship is to honor and financially assist students interning in Mote's Center for Shark Research. 
  • The Celine Silver Endowment Intern Scholarship in Coastal Ecology: Establised by the the Mote Scientific Foundation in honor of Celine Silver, intern with the Benthic Ecology Program in 2009. Celine and her father, Paul Silver, died in a car accident soon after Celine left her Mote internship. She was heading home before starting a new job with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The purpose of the Celive Silver scholarship is to honor and financially assist students interning in Mote's Center for Coastal Ecology.
Several of these scholarships are dependent upon the generous donations of our supporters so that the memory of the person for whom the scholarship was established will remain, and so that we can continue to fund future interns who otherwise might not have the opportunity to take part in our internship program. Donors interested in establishing new scholarship opportunities are encouraged to contact the Mote College Intern Program at

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Application Procedures

To apply, intern applicants must complete the additional scholarship requirements, listed on the Mote College Intern Application.

Scholarship Notification

All scholarship materials must be received by the application deadline for the internship session for which the student is applying. Application deadlines are listed at this page. Scholarship recipients are typically announced approximately one month after the deadline date.

Contact information

Contact with additional questions regarding the scholarship program.