The Young Darwin Scholarship

Joe Park, previously at Eggar's School, has this year been awarded a Darwin Scholarship. He explained what this entails and what it means for him and his studies in the future.

"The Young Darwin Scholarship is a relatively new scholarship run by the Field Studies Council. The scholarship is intended to support and encourage young people who have a passionate interest in the natural world and to raise the next generation of ‘Darwins’. The scholarship includes a paid-for residential with other Darwin scholars in Shrewsbury, Shropshire – The birthplace of Darwin, as well as behind-the-scenes tours to the Natural History Museum in London and the opportunity to take further partly-funded courses with the FSC such as marine biology courses and reunion residentials for previous scholars.

To be selected for the Darwin Scholarship, I wrote four paragraphs talking about myself, my passion for nature and the natural world as well as why I thought I should be awarded the scholarship and how it would benefit me if I was to be successful. The Scholarship has and will continue to support my studies by giving me access to valuable support from experts and academics in subjects to do with Natural Sciences e.g. ecology, as well as giving me an experience which will help me decide on what course I would like to take at university. There was also support and guidance from professionals in the environmental sector giving advice on what I could do in the future for a nature-based career. On top of this it is a fantastic chance to meet likeminded people who share the same passion for the natural world as I do!"