Honoring Ben, Supporting Students

The Dr. Walter ‘Ben’ Bohl Scholarship fund directly supports both local and international students ability to attend life-changing field study experience at Forfar Field Station. The scholarship was established to honor the many years Ben spent working for International Field Studies as the co-founder and Executive Director of IFS from 1970-2015.

Details: As part of the 50 year anniversary in 2020, IFS hopes to raise $25,000 by the close of 2020 for the Dr. Walter ‘Ben’ Bohl Scholarship. All proceeds will go directly to the trip costs for students attending field study experiences at Forfar starting in 2021. Donors are welcome to designate their contribution to be available to a specific school, district, US students or Bahamian students, though no specific student can be targeted.

Eligibility: Partial and full scholarships will be awarded to US and Bahamian students based on individual financial need. Students will be required to complete an application including a teacher recommendation and essay questions to qualify. Three application deadlines will be provided annually to allow for scholarships to be evenly distributed throughout the season.

Donations: Donate today by clicking the button above to make a monetary donation online through PayPal, call 614-268-9930 to pay by credit card, or mail a check to 1550 Old Henderson Road, Suite E268, Columbus, Ohio 43220.

IFS piloted the scholarship program for local Bahamian students in the summer of 2019. Read the stories below to hear about the student experiences!


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Geniah Taylor

A senior at Huntley Christie High School on Andros, BS, Geniah received the scholarship from IFS to attend a week-long field experience in June 2019. She joined Sisters Middle and High School students all the way from Sisters, Oregon for a week of island ecology adventures exploring Andros!

“My favorite experience was the land days when we went to the different blue holes and I got to see places in Andros that I’ve never seen before.” - Geniah Taylor

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Julio Newbold

A junior at Central High School on Andros, BS, Julio received the scholarship from IFS to join in on the marine biology field experience with Manistee High School students visiting from Michigan in June 2019.

Watch our Forfar Field Station Experience video to see Julio and the Manistee students as they discuss the classic week-long experience at Forfar.

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Clint Cargill

Clint, another scholarship recipient from Central High School on Andros, BS, joined the Sister’s Middle and High School during their June 2019 trip focused on island ecology.

“My time at Forfar made me more knowledgeable about nature and makes me want to leave the house and explore instead of playing video games all summer.” - Clint Cargill

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Miracle Pratt

Miracle was a scholarship recipient from Huntley Christie High School on Andros, BS who joined students from Gahanna West in July 2019.

Rating the trip as ‘10/10 lifechanging’, Miracle recalled her favorite experience at Forfar was, “snorkeling Turtle Reef and seeing the Tongue of the Ocean!”