Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) Programme

BESS is a partnership between BREEF and the Cape Eleuthera Island School to train the next generation of environmental leaders. The programme consists of a unique year-long work and study experience programme endorsed by the Ministry of Education that includes an engaging internship and a full scholarship gifted by the Cape Eleuthera Island School. The BESS programme is 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 programme’s inception fourty-one BESS Scholars from schools throughout the country have participated in the programme.

What does the programme entail?

  • A 100-day semester at the Island School in Cape Eleuthera.

  • A 4-month paid internship at BREEF.

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.

Download the 2020 BESS  Application – Deadline Feb 15, 2020!