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 for 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 two $1000 scholarships 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 as a point of interest and curiosity for the younger citizens of our surrounding communities. Such curiosity and interest should lead such fine students to aspire toward higher education at a college, university or technical school and then to pursue diverse careers that could include business management, engineering, forestry, museum curator, park management, and wildlife ecology. This is also why we require recipients to participate and earn 50 volunteer hours at the Sebastian Inlet State Park with the purpose that these quality students will come to appreciate Carl’s admiration for ecology and our special Florida environment and history.

So, 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.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the McLarty Treasure Museum  (13180 North Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963) by March 4, 2018.

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

Scholarship revised 12-2017


2017 Scholarship Recipients


It is our pleasure to announce that Allison Fahey and Ashley Petschow were chosen as the 2017 scholarship recipients.

Allison is the daughter of Glenn and Andrea Fahey of Sebastian, Florida.  She graduated from Sebastian River High School in May 2017 and is attending Stetson University.

Ashley is the daughter of Allen and Amy Petschow of Sebastian, Florida.  She is attending Eastern State Florida College.  She is studying chemical engineering and minoring in mechanical engineering.

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