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are accepted. To further ensure success at the university level, the Green Scholarship Program is also developing advanced preparatory classes. CETMAR High School in Cabo San Lucas is the primary recruiting facility since the curriculum offers several marine studies programs. The Bisbee’s Conservation Fund scholarships cover the first four years of university study. The Mexican government then pays for the required fifth year of research, when the students complete a dissertation on various marine-related topics. “I’ve met several deans and professors at the university and they are all very excited about the Bisbee’s Conservation Fund support,” Pratt adds. “They’ve never had a group interested specifically in these programs, so they are planning on multiple research projects focused on the Cabo San Lucas region for the most direct impact.” “We’re excited to help these five students achieve their academic dreams in partnership with the Green Scholarship Program,” says Conservation Fund President Wayne Bisbee. “This truly is a win-win scenario for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing our support of the program as well as seeing the graduates land jobs in the conservation field and Eco-tourism industries of Baja in future years. These type of efforts are exactly why the Fund was created, to have a direct impact on conservation and protection of our natural resources for present and future generations.” In addition to the initial five, the Conservation Fund has pledged to pay for four more academic scholarships per 2016 and 2017 school years. A successful auction and raffle was held at the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament last October to help subsidize those goals. Dozens of local resorts, restaurants and businesses donated stays, rounds of golf, meals and other exciting items for the auction and raffles. The grand raffle prize was a briefcase filled with $10,000 cash, plus a luxurious stay at the stunning Playa de La Paz Residences and Resort worth over $20,000, compliments of CEO Jeffrey Curtiss. Diamante Cabo San Lucas, Diamond Resorts International, International Travel Exchange, Blueberry Spa, Spearfishing Baja, Baja Cantina and Wild Cabo Tours were also very generous donors to this exceptional cause. The raffle was preceded by a video presentation on the program which can also be watched on the Bisbees Conservation Fund web site. “The video was absolutely outstanding,” an emotional Pratt said afterwards. “It was professional and very moving. It will certainly be an effective tool to tell candidates and supporters about the program.” Bisbee is already recruiting for more donations. “I’d like to urge our supporters to reach deep in their wallets to help us boost the number of future scholarships we award,” Bisbee adds. “This is a fantastic program and something we can all get behind. For only $2,500 per year you can truly help change a kid’s and their family’s lives forever. And if that’s not enough, the marine environment of Los Cabos will directly benefit as a result.” To make an earmarked donation to the BFWCF Green Scholarship Program, please visit www.bisbeesconservationfund.org or contact Paul Kimzey at 469-626-7285 or paul@bisbeesconservationfund.org BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016 19


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