New Grant Program Prioritizes Marine and Coastal Environmental Science
Save Our Beach Association (SOBA) has announced that applications for the Paul Bisso Beach Preservation Scholarship will be accepted from now until November 15, 2023. At least one scholarship of not more than $2,000 will be awarded to a post-secondary student accepted at an accredited two or four year college for a full-time status. The student may be either undergraduate or post graduate. Priority will be placed on Marine and Coastal Environmental Science or Coastal Studies. Priority will also be given for students whose home of record is in Brazoria County.
“For over fifty years, SOBA has focused on short-term projects such as picking up trash and shoring up the dunes with discarded Christmas trees,” said SOBA President Rob Booth. “This year we chose to look to the future – by supporting our youth who are determined to preserve our planet.”
At least one scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded based on a rating system that includes the applicant’s residence (with priority given to Brazoria County); chosen field of study (preferably coastal sciences); the amount of community service devoted (such as SOBA’s own “Dune Days”); and an essay on how the student’s career plans meet the mission of SOBA and positively impact the Texas Gulf Coast environment.
The scholarship is named in honor of Surfside Beach resident Paul Joseph Bisso, an avid surfer who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2013. He was a graduate of Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, and the son of current Surfside Beach Mayor, Gregg Bisso. Applications and instructions are available on the SOBA website at sobatx.org. The deadline is 5:00 PM on November 15, 2023.