The Original Oyster House will award two $1,000 Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarships to high school seniors in Baldwin County. In 2006 the Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarship was created in loving memory of Chelsea Garvin who was a 2004 graduate of Fairhope High School, a Fish River Fire Department Rescue Diver, an Original Oyster House employee and a talented artist. Tragically, Chelsea’s life was cut short in a boating accident in 2005.

To qualify for the 18th Annual Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarships you must be a high school senior of Baldwin County in the 2022-2023 school year with a minimum 2.5 GPA, have participated in recent school or community art event and submit artwork that reflects the Original Oyster House brand in some way and can be displayed in the restaurant. Artwork mediums can include oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, mixed media, ceramics or Sculptural media types. The winning artwork must be ready for display, completely dry and will become the property of the Original Oyster House for marketing or other purposes. Deadline for submission of art and application is Friday, April 21, 2023. Highest consideration will be for the most artistic and creative representation of the Original Oyster House. Please include the following identification on the back of artwork: Name of Artist, Title of Art, Medium, Teacher’s Name and Name of School. To submit your Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarship application and a photo of your artwork online please visit

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Gulf Shores: 701 Gulf Shores Parkway on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk and Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Mobile Causeway. In 2016, the Original Oyster House became the first restaurant in the state of Alabama to recycle oyster shells through the Alabama Coastal Foundation and one of the only restaurants to Oyster Garden or grow stocker oysters for reef restoration. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 40 years.