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2021 ForEverglades Scholars and Fellows Announced

The Everglades Foundation announced the 2021 winners of its prestigious ForEverglades Scholarships and Fellowships, which supports graduate students pursuing innovative scientific and economic research to advance restoration and protection of America’s Everglades.

“The ForEverglades Scholarship and Fellowship program is one of our best investments in the future of America’s Everglades,” said The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg. “These are the scientists of tomorrow that will help create the solutions for a sustainable world, and we are honored to help them along the way.”

Over the 14 years of the program, more than $1.48 million has been awarded to 81 graduate students, including 63 pursuing doctorate degrees. Awardees have gone on to pursue significant scientific careers as professors and researchers in universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

This year’s class includes a record number of nine doctorate candidates, and a record number of women awardees. Eikenberg said, noting that “we received more student applications this year, from more universities, than ever before.”

The nine Scholars and Fellows are comprised of six awardees from Florida International University, two from University of Florida, and one from University of Miami.

The ForEverglades Scholarship and Fellowship program is a joint project of The Everglades Foundation and its partners and sponsors including: Florida International University, The Patrick Lee Foundation, The VoLo Foundation, and Bass Pros Shops/Cabela’s Outdoor Fund.


The 2021 ForEverglades Fellows and Scholars are:

Florida International University ForEverglades Scholars: Thomas Shannon and Lauren DeVito – both PhD students

ForEverglades Scholars: Chloe' Vorseth, Melinda Padauni, Alan Mock, and Lukas Lamb-Wotton – all PhD students at Florida International University.

Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Outdoor Fund ForEverglades Fellow: Hunter Howell, University of Miami, PhD student

Patrick Lee Foundation ForEverglades Fellow: Kelly Ugarelli, University of Florida, PhD student

VoLo Foundation ForEverglades Fellow: Satbyeol Shin, University of Florida, PhD student


These 12-month scholarships & fellowships fund stipends, travel, or research-related expenses for full-time graduate students pursuing cutting-edge research related to restoring America’s Everglades. Applications for the 2022 ForEverglades Scholars and Fellows Program will open in Feb 2022.

For more information on the ForEverglades Scholars Program contact us at or visit


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