Scholarship Information

A few organizations offer scholarships to attend FMNP classes. For information on these opportunities, please contact the organization directly. Opportunities are posted year-round and are always listed on this webpage.

Steve Bass Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Educators

Steve Bass was a leader and an important voice in Florida's environmental education community. He touched the lives of thousands through outdoor programs in Belle Glade, at the Jupiter Marine Science Center, Okeeheelee Nature Center, and finally as the director of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Fla., where he worked for 22 years. He was a pivotal force in the success of the Florida Master Naturalist Program, as an early advocate of the Program's potential to unify Florida's environmental education organizations. Steve taught one of the very first FMNP courses in 2001 and continued teaching FMNP courses into his retirement, as well as providing mentoring and guest lectures for FMNP colleagues as recently as 2017. The Environmental Interpretation course was inspired by Steve and includes many of his ideas. You can read his full tribute here. This scholarship was established to provide environmental educators in Florida the opportunity to participate in the Florida Master Naturalist Program.

FMNP Teacher Scholarship

The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Teacher Scholarship is available to certified Florida teachers who are currently employed by a public or private K-12 school. Scholarships awarded will cover the entire cost of one FMNP core module or special topics course. Scholarships are awarded semi-annually based on region, applicant statement of your interest in FMNP, and letter of recommendation. The number of scholarships awarded each year will be dependent on funding.

The Steve A. Gaul Master Naturalist Program/ FANREP Memorial Scholarship

Steve Gaul served as the Natural Resources and Agriculture Extension Agent in Nassau County for six years. He was a regular instructor of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) and thoroughly enjoyed teaching others about Florida's natural environments. Steven was also an active member of the Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (FANREP), and briefly served as its president before his untimely death in 2012. To honor his memory FANREP and the Florida Master Naturalist Program jointly established this scholarship to provide a Florida educator the opportunity to participate in the Florida Master Naturalist Program and expand his/her appreciation and knowledge of Florida's natural environments. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit:

Florida Native Plant Society Conradina Chapter

We are pleased to offer an annual scholarship opportunity to Conradina Chapter members to attend a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) module. New memberships are welcome in order to apply. To qualify, you must be a Conradina chapter member and reside in Brevard county. More information and an application will be posted here each year when the scholarship application process opens.

For more information, contact Michelle Provencal. For information on the Florida Native Plant Society Conradina Chapter, visit the FNPS Conradina Chapter website.

Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists

FPMN Scholarship Criteria:

  • Pinellas County full time resident
  • Volunteering or working in the environmental field and showing interest to learn more
  • In a position to have a positive influence on others (spread the word of lessons learned)
  • Nominated by a Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists member
  • Ability to fully participate in the class (time off from work, etc.)

Ideally, the candidate will be in a position to share learned experiences with a great number of people, i.e. have a large sphere of influence both youth and adult.

Qualified applicants will be selected during a random drawing at the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists Board Meeting on May 11 or June 8. Board meetings are open to members and are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. at Panera Bread in Bardmoor located at 10801 Starkey Road , Largo.

For information on the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists, visit the FPMN website.

Do you have an FMNP scholarship opportunity you'd like to advertise?

Email the FMNP Program Coordinator or call (352) 294-0757. Thank you!