Perry J. Cohen Foundation Funds Scholarships

The foundation will fund scholarships for underserved students for Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp

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Campers with Fletch. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Campers with Fletch. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

The Perry J. Cohen Foundation will support Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach by funding scholarships for the center’s Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp. These scholarships will allow underserved students, aged 10 to 17 years, to participate in the camp’s hands-on activities, while learning about sea turtle rehabilitation and ocean conservation.

The foundation was established by Perry Cohen’s mother, Pamela Cohen, and his stepfather, Nicholas Korniloff, after their 14-year-old son tragically went missing at sea in July of 2015. The foundation was created to carry on Perry’s legacy, and to support his passions for the advancement of environmental, marine, and wildlife education and preservation.

Sea Turtle Nest Excavation experience. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

“Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a treasured educational facility, not just to the Tequesta community, but also to all of Palm Beach County,” said Pamela. “We want to give kids the opportunity to learn about, enjoy, and appreciate our wildlife, just like Perry did.”

Each scholarship will cover tuition for one session of the Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp, field trips that explore local coastal ecosystems, daily lunch, camp shirts, and the option for daily extended care. Campers aged 10 to 13 years will receive scholarships to the Ocean Adventures camp session, while campers aged 14 to 17 years will receive scholarships to the Field Experiences camp session.

Interactive Digital Reef. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Interactive Digital Reef. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

“We are honored to have the Perry J. Cohen Foundation help expand our mission of ocean conservation, education, and sea turtle rehabilitation,” said Andy Dehart, president and CEO of Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “Supporting the education of our future generation is the key to supporting our oceans and marine life.”

Campers. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Campers. Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Scholarships will be granted based on financial need. The center encourages families to apply if their children have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors, are curious about the ocean and local marine life, and/or aspire to work in the marine sciences or related fields. These scholarships will be granted in addition to Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s long-standing Oceans of Opportunity scholarship, as well as the scholarships supported by the Isabel Sun Memorial Foundation and the Panellas family.

Families can apply for the scholarship online here. The deadline to apply is June 2, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and awardees will be notified by June 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  For more information, click here.

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