Chesna Cox and Caroline Beshears received the 2018 Rita George Fellowship for the 2018 UP Summer Session.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab awarded two Rita George Fellowships to undergraduate students registered for the 2018 University Programs summer session. Chesna Cox, a junior at Troy University, and Caroline Beshears, a senior at the University of Alabama, received the fellowships. 

The Rita George Fellowship is awarded to students in need of financial help for room and board during their summer courses.

Cox said the fellowship is a huge help for her studies in the United States. 

"I grew up on a small island in the Bahamas, and the ocean plays a big role in my culture,” Cox shared. “This summer is exciting, because I cannot wait to be near the ocean again and to get into the lab."

Beshears is appreciative of the scholarship, because it will help her to save money towards graduate school. She's also looking forward to spending more time at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to study this summer.

"I’m really excited for my classes at DISL, I love how fun and hands on the program is. I’m really excited for the Florida Everglades class because I enjoy camping and being outdoors,” Beshears said.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab University Programs partners with 22 colleges and universities in the state of Alabama to provide a hands-on learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Dauphin Island's location offers students a variety of ecosystems to put what they learn to practice with faculty members from across the state of Alabama lending their expertise.

To learn more about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab University Programs, visit