Hollis Bulba makes waves with help of Stuart Sailfish Club scholarship


Hollis Bulba, a graduate of South Fork High School, is well on her way to achieving her educational and career goals in environmental science as a result of winning a scholarship from the Stuart Sailfish Club in 2008. “Without the help of the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go away to college,” stated Hollis.

As one of the oldest sport fishing clubs in the United States and known for its numerous fishing tournaments, the Stuart Sailfish Club is a scholarship resource in the community. The Stuart Sailfish Club scholarship program awards it scholarships to help financially support young men and women whose career interests lie in the field of marine science. Ed Rossi, the principal sponsor of the program in its early years, made generous contributions to the scholarship program to ensure its success. This program is a means for the Stuart Sailfish Club to ensure that precious natural resources are protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

A total of three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be in the upper one third of their class and he or she must be entering a field in marine science such as marine industry or fishery management.

As a high school student, Hollis learned of the Stuart Sailfish Club scholarship through an informational packet handed out at school. In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship along with Kelly Knoth of Martin County High School and Mitchell White of Jensen Beach High School.

Today Hollis is a full-time student at Florida International University and is expected to graduate in the fall of 2012. Hollis recently switched her major to environmental science from marine biology. “I just feel that environmental science is a little more broad. It can still cover research and marine life studies,” she said.

Traveling is an exciting aspect of her educational studies. Recently, Hollis went to the Bahamas with a professor and his graduate students. She helped students with their projects by doing fieldwork and collecting samples. “So far, this is the coolest place I’ve gotten to go!” enthused Hollis.

This summer, Hollis is traveling to the Peruvian Amazon with the FIU Honors College. Students attending the trip are required to devise their own research projects. Each project must meet a service obligation to be of help or be of use to the indigenous tribes in the surrounding area.

Hollis’s project focuses on assessing some of the problems of overfishing that natives are currently experiencing. “The people are saying that every year there seems like there is less fish harvested,” she explained. “Fishing is an extremely large part of their culture, their livelihood and is a major protein source. I want to assess things like what type of fish have they noticed disappearing to gather information that would be helpful to protecting the fish during spawning and other conservation methods.”

The Stuart Sailfish Club scholarship program played a major role in helping Hollis reach for her dreams. Her advice to other students entering the fields of marine science is, “to study hard, make connections and get involved to gain as much experience as possible!”

To learn more about the Stuart Sailfish Club and the Scholarship Program, visit http://www.StuartSailfishClub.com or call 772-286-9373.

About the Stuart Sailfish Club: The Stuart Sailfish Club was formed more than 75 years ago and incorporated in January of 1941. It is one of the oldest sport fishing clubs in the United States. Its mission is to promote the conservation of game fish and encourage visitors to fish in Martin County waters. Through the sponsorship of offshore fishing tournaments, the Stuart Sailfish Club donates portions of the proceeds to worthy conservation and marine programs and organizations.

The Stuart Sailfish Club hosts five fishing tournaments a year, sponsors a Scholarship Program, host semi monthly social and “how to fish better” meetings and maintains a dynamic website. Membership is open to the public as are the general meetings.

For more information about the Stuart Sailfish Club, visit http://www.StuartSailfishClub.com or call 772-286-9373.

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