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Your gift to the International Center for Tropical Botany, a partnership of Florida International University and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, allows us to fulfill our commitment to tropical plant and ecosystem conservation, scientific research, education and outreach. We are currently raising funds to provide scholarships for international students to attend the 2018 Tropical Botany course.


A Lasting Impact

In 2017, we were able to support five students from Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We witness the impacts these scholarships had on the quality of the course cohort and on the lives of the scholarship students

“This intensive course in the biology and systematics of plants, has helped me to expand my mind in relation to what can be done with some species. The new knowledge I learned this summer in the course has helped me to better conceptualize certain issues that arise when I do conservation work with plant communities”
Lemuel Familia- Dominican Republic

“After being in the course, I have been able to recognize more plant families in the field, but most importantly, based on the phylogenetic relationships. Because the new classifications are not learned by many botanists in my country, I am able to explain others reasons why plants are related, and why there are placed in new classifications with solid arguments. This has influenced my colleagues to update their lessons. I think a better knowledge in plant systematics is crucial to perform better management of ecosystems, especially in megadiverse sites that are being impacted”
Karen Beatriz Hernández Esquivel- Mexico.

Through this scholarship program, we hope to continue to impact biodiversity conservation throughout tropical countries. We need to raise $25,000 annually to maintain these scholarships as we work to secure an endowment to preserve this program. Please consider sponsoring a student.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the extraordinary work we do.

In Person

Reach out and learn more about how you can help us build the future. Call 305-348-4349 or contact our Advancement Team.

By Mail

Send a check or money order payable to FIU Foundation, Inc. with our name in the memo/note to:
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, ECS 450
Miami, FL 33199


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