Isabeleño benefiting from our CDF scholarship program

Abraham with his classmates taking Environmental Management classes in the coastal zone of San Jacinto, Manabí. Photo courtesy: Abraham Bonilla, CDF.

Abraham Bonilla, a 24-year-old from Galapagos, came to the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) by chance as he’d seen an advertisement for our scholarship program Fernando Ortiz Crespo. He decided to apply and now is about to graduate in Tourism Business Administration Engineering at the Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro in Manabí.

"Thanks to this program, we young people have opportunities to go to university and at the same time it motivates us to get involved in science and research for the sustainability of the Galapagos Islands," said Abraham Bonilla.

Abraham is currently volunteering at the CDF's Knowledge Management area, which is a requirement for his studies. This internship allows him to apply what he has learned at the University to gain experience in what would become his field of work. Afterwards, he wishes to continue contributing to the Galapagos Islands from the Research Station and continue his studies by obtaining his master’s degree.

Abraham supporting the CDF Knowledge Management area. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF.
Abraham supporting the CDF Knowledge Management area. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF.

"My advice to the kids of Galapagos is to carry on studying. Finishing school is just one step, but the ultimate goal should be to obtain a career that allows us to develop as professionals, if we live in this privileged place, we should focus on contributing to its care, and what better way than with the support of the CDF," added Abraham.

Our Fernando Ortíz Crespo scholarship program provides funding and support to students with a history of academic excellence and interest in conservation issues. Since its inception in 1971, more than 250 young people have benefited from this program and have gone on to finish their university studies.

If you wish to apply for one of our scholarships, go to to get all the information you need. We will be very happy to provide you with the help you need to achieve your professional goal.


The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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