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The Emerald Coast Science Center Peter Beczkiewicz Memorial Scholarship is available for seniors from Okaloosa County pursuing STEM degrees. As set forth succinctly in its mission statement, “The Emerald Coast Science Center strives to inspire and grow a scientifically engaged community,” Mr. Beczkiewicz, in turn, was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a high school chemistry teacher who inspired and greatly assisted his students.   

This scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior from Okaloosa County. The scholarship award is $8,000 and will be payable in four installments of $2,000 each to coincide with the start of each recipient’s four years of college. To receive all scholarship installments, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance and remain a full-time student in good standing at his or her respective college or university. More details regarding these requirements shall be provided to the scholarship recipient.

 To be eligible for the scholarship, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

1) Be a senior in good standing at a high school in Okaloosa County, Florida.

2) Be a resident of Okaloosa County, Florida.

3) Establish you will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree at an accredited college or university and will be pursuing a degree and career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (“STEM”) beginning in 2024.

4) Have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0.

5) Exposure to STEM fields through extracurriculars or community service.

Applicants who are receiving a full scholarship from a different source are not eligible (a full scholarship is a scholarship that covers the expense of the tuition, fees, and books for four years of study). Similarly, dependents of any staff member of the Emerald Coast Science Center are not eligible.

The Emerald Coast Science Center will consider the following key criteria when awarding the scholarship: strength and rigor of academic record; community service record; character; leadership; demonstration of commitment to pursue a degree and career in STEM; and the extent to which this scholarship will help the applicant achieve his or her goals.  

The scholarship application and related materials must be completed and received by April 15, 2024. Please submit your application by e-mail to, or by mail to:

Emerald Coast Science Center
Attn:Scholarship Committee

31 Memorial Pkwy SW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.


If you choose to mail your application, please allow enough time for the materials to be received by the deadline.


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