Charles Darwin Foundation’s Student Scholarship Program

Ensuring a bright future for promising students

In 1971, the Charles Darwin Research Station’s (CDRS) Student Scholarship Program began to provide scholarships for Galápagos students in higher education. Our support over the years has helped many students graduate. Competition for the program is high, and students are selected on the basis area of study, interests, and experience in conservation.

The funds allocated to scholarships help students who need training in specific areas such as English language to advance in their studies. In addition to financial support, CDRS’s Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation Program provides mentoring and in some cases opportunities for internships at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The team offers guidance and assistance for students on many levels.

One of our “success stories” is about a young woman who graduated as a National Tourism Guide from the Universidad de Especialidades Turísticas (University of Specialized Tourism). She used part of her scholarship funding to learn English to advance her career. Reflecting on her time as a scholarship student, she said, “I will always be grateful to the Charles Darwin Foundation and to Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Because of their support, I have been transformed into a professional and will contribute improvements to the Galápagos Islands using my commitment and professionalism.”

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. If you would like to learn more about projects supported by the LEX-NG Fund worldwide, please contact the Fund by email. To support our work by making a contribution to the LEX-NG Fund, click here.

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