Surfrider Foundation Scholarship Program

Who Is Eligible:

These Scholarships were created in honor of the late Thomas Pratte, one of the Foundation's founding members and first executive director. He dedicated his life to advocating the preservation of oceans, waves and beaches.

Must be a member in good standing of the Surfrider Foundation and embrace the spirit of the Mission and Guiding Principles of the Surfrider Foundation, which guide and govern the activities of the organization.

Must be a student enrolled in an accredited College or University (in the U.S. or Internationally) during the 2009 - 2010 academic year.

Undergraduates (of at least Junior standing) with a minimum GPA of 3.4 for all coursework, and graduate students (minimum 9 credits completed) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 are eligible.

Both full and part time students are welcome to apply.


Clearly demonstrate interest in coastal environmental science and issues relevant to the Surfrider Foundation Mission as well as contribution(s) to advancing the public interest in such issues, as evidenced by both of the following:
  1. A major field of study pertaining to oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, coastal and ocean policy, community planning or natural resources.
  2. Participation in cooperative or independent research, environmental activities or work experience related to the above mentioned disciplines.
    See (download) application on website for additional requirements.

Amount: $2,000 (Junior to Senior); $3,000 (Masters); $5,000 (Ph.D)
How to apply:

Please visit

: Ocean Foundation
Click on TOF Highlights and then Surfrider Foundation Scholarship for application.