The Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) program is a unique opportunity for graduating students in The Bahamas ages 15-18 who have a keen interest in the environment and want to learn more as they transition from high school to university studies. Successful applicants will participate in a 14-week academic semester at The Island School in South Eleuthera and a four-month paid internship at an environmental conservation-related organization. Upon completion of high school, students can use BESS as a gap year experience before pursuing further studies. The BESS Program is administered in collaboration with 'BREEF,' Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

As part of the BESS program you will:

  • Study Marine ecology

  • Conduct research

  • Earn SCUBA certifications

  • Develop your leadership skills

  • Learn about alternate sources of energy

  • Consider how to make small communities more sustainable

  • Prepare for college

  • Connect with the environment around you

  • BESS participants may complete their four-month internship at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, or other environmental organizations in The Bahamas.

Applications for 2019-2020 BESS Scholars are closed. Check back for the 2020-2021 application.