Discovery Hall Programs awarded two summer program scholarships at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair. The scholarships were made possible by the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with The Sea Lab. 

Charity King was awarded a scholarship to attend the Marine Science Course for high school students. The Marine Science Course is an immersion into marine science held at the Sea Lab.  Over the four weeks, students spend time ‘learning by doing’ in a variety of coastal habitats and live at the Sea Lab experiencing life at a marine science laboratory. Students are able to conduct their own research project, participate in field trips to specific marine habitats as well as marine institutions, and learn about the variety of careers available to individuals interested in marine science. Students have the opportunity to earn high school science or college credit for completing the course. The scholarship covers all course costs including tuition, field trip, and lab fees and room and board.  King is a student at Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala. Her science fair project was titled “Apple Snail Invasion.”

Nadia Batts was awarded the opportunity to attend the Gulf Island Journey overnight camp.  Gulf Island Journey is a week-long residential camp for rising 7th through 9th graders. Campers have fun exploring areas of Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound, and the northern Gulf of Mexico learning about the animals, habitats, and issues confronting the Alabama coast and the world’s oceans. Batts is a student at Beverlye Magnet School in Dothan, AL. Her science fair project was titled “Water for Life.” 

“Discovery Hall Programs is pleased to be able to provide these opportunities to students already interested in studying our oceans as these programs immerse the student in the marine environment, both educationally and literally, allowing them to learn by doing,” Dr. Tina Miller-Way, chair of Discovery Hall Programs, said. 

Discovery Hall Programs has provided these scholarships as a special award to science fair participants whose project addresses some aspect of marine science for more than 10 years.