Scholarship

Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship

The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park awards up to two (2) annual $1000 Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarships.

Mr. Carl Rodenbeck was a Park Ranger whose career spanned many years at the Sebastian Inlet State Park.  Carl and a small group of volunteers had the foresight and vision to see the need for a citizen support organization advocating the park.  They also recognized a need to keep the history and ecology of the park alive within the school-aged surrounding community.  A scholarship was molded and offered as one such way to achieve this goal.  In an act of good will, Carl donated the seed money to see both projects implemented.

The scholarship offered by The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, Inc. was not to be a one-time program, but a recurring annual incentive to keep both the park’s history and ecology of interest as the younger citizens of the surrounding community aspire toward college and careers.

Upon his passing, the scholarship became known as the “Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship.”  We are indebted to Carl’s vision and generosity in creating this scholarship and honor him through its title.

Click on the below link for the scholarship terms, conditions and application.

The 2017 scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 5, 2017

Click on link below to view the Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship form:

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2017 Scholarship

It is our pleasure to announce that Allison Fahey and Ashley Petschow have been chosen as recipients of the Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship at Sebastian Inlet State Park.  Carl Rodenbeck was a Park Ranger whose career spanned many years at the park.  Carl and a group of volunteers had the foresight and vision to see the need for a Citizen’s Support Group advocating the park.

This group of people recognized also a need to keep the history and ecology of the park alive within the school-aged surrounding community.  This scholarship was molded and offered as one such way to achieve this goal.  In an act of good will, Carl donated the seed money to see both these projects implemented.

This scholarship offered by The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, Inc. was not to be a one-time program, but a recurring annual incentive to keep both the park’s history and ecology of interest as the younger citizens of the surrounding community aspired towards college and careers.

Upon his passing, the scholarship became known as the “Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship.”  We are indebted to Carl’s vision and generosity and honor him through this title.  This is also why we require recipients to gather volunteer hours at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, so they will enjoy his admiration for ecology and the environment.

Allison is the daughter of Glenn and Andrea Fahey of Sebastian, Florida.  She will graduate from Sebastian River High School in May and plans to attend Stetson University in the fall.

Ashley is the daughter of Allen and Amy Petschow of Sebastian, Florida.  She plans to attend Eastern State Florida College in the Fall.

Scholarship checks were presented by Friends President and Scholarship Chairperson Sherry Hunter.  Sherry is one of many dedicated volunteers that help the Sebastian Inlet State Park achieve its mission to provide resource-based recreation while preserving and interpreting natural and cultural resources.

Ashley Petschow & Sherry Hunter

Ally Fahey & Sherry Hunter