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 3, 2019.

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

Rodenbeck Scholarship revised May 2018

2018 Carl Rodenbeck Memorial Scholarship & Educational Grant Recipients

It is our pleasure to announce that Ashley Petschow has been chosen as the 2018 scholarship recipient of $1000.

Ashley has achieved this scholarship for the second year in a row. She is the daughter of Amy & Allen Petschow. Her family lives in Sebastian. She is finishing her sophomore year this summer pursuing an A.A. at Eastern Florida State College. This past year she accumulated 638 hours of volunteer time here at SISP as a turtle scout, toll gate collector, and doing general maintenance duties.

It is our pleasure to announce that Kylie Phifer and Gayle Perry have been chosen as the 2018 educational grant recipients of $500.

Kylie is the daughter of Matthew Phifer. While her dad is in Sebastian, she currently lives in Gainesville, FL. She is entering her junior year at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree as an Agricultural Communications major. Over recent years she has put in volunteer time at SISP as a toll gate collector, working Night Sounds concerts, and completing office duties.

Gayle Perry is the daughter of Edward Perry. She lives in Melbourne, FL. She is entering her sophomore year at Eastern Florida State College. She is currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA there. She intends to transfer to the University of Central Florida next year. In recent years she has put in volunteer time at SISP working in the gift shop of the Fishing Museum.

Scholarship & educational grant checks were presented by Friends Scholarship Chairperson Bob Howland.  Bob was born in Pinellas County so he is a Florida native son. He taught science from Astronomy to Ecology to Marine Biology to Physics to Zoology in Alachua County. After 35 years of service, he is retired and living in Sebastian with his wife, Rebecca, who is also a retired teacher and a Gator. They have two grown daughters, both also graduates of the University of Florida. Bob 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.

Gayle Perry and Bob Howland

Kylie Phifer and Bob Howland

Ashley Petschow and Bob Howland