CCA Launches New Scholarship Program to Help Sustain Our Students (S.O.S.)

Help Crystal Cove Alliance invest in tomorrow’s environmental stewards by supporting our new Sustain Our Students (S.O.S.) scholarship program. The program is designed to give back to our generous donors with letters from participating students, pictures from field trips, a chance to participate in planning workshops, and a seat at CCA’s very first Environmental Congress at UCI in Spring 2016.

Most of the students (over 60%) who participated in CCA’s education programs this past year came from underserved areas with under-resourced schools. For many, their visit to Crystal Cove is their first opportunity to experience California’s coast. During the 2014-2015 school year, over 75% of classes were from Title I schools, and about 12% of students had never been on a boat before.

One such school, Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana, has participated in CCA’s Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruises for the past four years. Student Katelyn Carbajal, who participated in the cruise last year, said her experience onboard “blew my mind,” and convinced her to pursue marine biology in college.

The Sustain Our Students scholarship program aims to give every student the same inspiration by helping them take part in CCA’s STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) field trips. Potential donors can choose from 4 levels of commitment:

  • Explorer ($1000) – Supports an entire class on a CCA field expedition, which also includes a photo from the class the donation is supporting.
  • Navigator ($2,500) – Underwrites two classrooms and includes photos from the trip and handwritten thank-you notes.
  • Wayfarer ($5,000) – Supports up to 150 students in the field and on the water, as well as an opportunity to join some of the students during the expedition.
  • Visionary ($10,000) – Joins the founding council for CCA’s new Field Science Initiative. Up to five Visionaries will comprise the council, which will support the launch of the new program and bring together the most promising students to create the very first Environmental Congress that will evaluate the health of Crystal Cove State Park.

This is an exciting time to become a part of CCA’s education team. For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the S.O.S. homepage.


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