BESS Program

The Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Program is a unique year-long study and work experience program for motivated graduating high school students between the ages of 15-18 who are interested in learning more about the environment, conservation and sustainable systems as they transition from high school to university studies.

Since the program's inception thirty-eight BESS Scholars from schools throughout the country have participated in the program on scholarship.The BESS Program is administered in collaboration with BREEF.


What does the program entail?


Experiences/Skills gained

  • Learn more about national/global issues in sustainable development

  • Become part of conservation efforts in The Bahamas

  • Participate in field research

  • Develop your water skills (swim, snorkel, SCUBA)

  • Training in First Aid & CPR

  • Enhance your computer & public speaking skills

  • Network with scientists and other professionals in the field

  • Study marine ecology

  • Prepare for college

  • Connect with the environment around you



  • 15-18 yrs old

  • 2.50 Minimum GPA

  • Bahamian citizen or eligible for Bahamian citizenship

  • Demonstrate an interest in the environment and environmental sustainability