Jean Berger Estes ’75 and Robey Estes ’74 recently made a commitment of $1.5 million to William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business to help attract high-caliber students to W&M now and into the future. The couple established the Robey and Jean Estes Business Scholarship Endowment, which will provide need-based scholarships support to business students.
Studying at VIMS changed my life — I learned practical skills that helped me excel in the job market.
As an entrepreneur, I am excited to see the innovative spirit of our students and faculty. From oysters to microbeads, VIMS has a successful track record of fostering business development that positively impacts the environment, the economy and our way of life.
Charlie Natale ’82
VIMS Representative Campaign Steering Committee
Society’s greatest challenges in energy, natural resource management, sea level rise and the increasing intensity of storms and natural disasters all play out along our coasts. Your support will help VIMS rise to meet these challenges in the coming years.
PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $10 MILLION
SCHOLARSHIPS | $7 million
Dean and Director’s Scholars | $7 million
Seven fully funded graduate fellowships
TEACHING EXCELLENCE | $3 million
Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture | $3 million
Distinguished Endowed Professorship
PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $13 MILLION
ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION
Bay Data | $5 million
- Chesapeake Bay Data Collection and Synthesis
Annual Fish & Crab Surveys
Water Quality Monitors
Seasonal Assessment of Harmful Algae Cysts and Blooms
Water Level and Shoreline Change Monitoring
Nunnally Ichthyology Collection
Baygrass Monitoring and Mapping
VIMS Eminent Scholars Program - allows faculty members to puruse synthesis of large data sets to better understand global change
“Marine Entrepreneurship” | $8 million
- Dean and Director’s Innovation Fund | $6 million
- Business, Entrepreneurship & Leadership Student Programming | $1 million
- Naming opportunity for 93-foot research vessel | $1 million
PILLAR III: A PASSION FOR IMPACT | $12 MILLION
Public Programs | $6 million
Outreach: Summer Camps, Teacher Training, Marine Science Day
Apps and Online Outreach
Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture | $6 million
Harmful Algae Blooms and Human Pathogens
Aquatic Disease Diagnostics
Eastern Shore Lab
Aquaculture Breeding Program
Industry Outreach and Extension
You can learn more about the VIMS goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.
W&M Impact News
William & Mary has received a $19.3 million gift from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous to establish a landmark Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC). The gift will position the university as a global leader in transformational research to protect ecosystems and safeguard world populations. It will cultivate leaders prepared to drive policy, advance advocacy and inspire action at the local, national and international levels.
Over the last year I’ve had the chance to reflect on the importance of family. When I say family, I don’t just mean the traditional sense of family. I mean those in our lives who lift us as we climb, who help us overcome hardships and who remain a meaningful part of our journey — no matter where life takes us.