Publix Super Markets Charities presented a $12,500 grant to Mote Marine Laboratory Monday, July 28, for scholarships to help under-served students in the Sarasota area participate in Mote’s informal science education programs.
Grant funds will help K-12 students visit Mote for programs on marine science and coastal ecology. Programs will feature local ecosystems and incorporate current research and conservation, highlighting the world-class science taking place each day at Mote.
Mote has a major focus on educating the next generation of scientific leaders and helping the public become more ocean literate. Every year, Mote programs serve more than 23,000 students and thousands of adults.
Informal science education is a key part of Mote’s 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan, the blueprint guiding Mote’s innovative and transformative efforts in marine research, education, outreach and policy advice designed to meet the critical needs facing our oceans and positively impact society in this century and beyond. (Read the Strategic Plan at: mote.org/about-us)
“It’s our pleasure to support such a great organization providing unique outreach to Sarasota and surrounding communities,” said Brian West, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix Supermarkets, Inc. “The informal science education at Mote helps so many students become more aware, informed and interested in the ocean ecosystems that benefit us all.”
“We are tremendously grateful to Publix for this generous grant, which will go a long way to serve local students,” said Aly Busse, Assistant Vice President for Education at Mote. “As a nonprofit, we rely a great deal on support from our community, and as a world-class marine laboratory, we make every contribution count toward stellar education, science and conservation.”
You can support Mote’s education programs by making a donation at www.mote.org/donate. (Select "Donations" then "Donate" and choose "Education Programs.") You can also send a donation check to Mote at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236.