William Sterling’s ’59 early interest in art prompted him to become a fine arts major at William & Mary. One of his thoughts before his death on New Year’s Eve last year was to leave a gift that would benefit the university’s Department of Art & Art History.
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
Megan Dorward ’07 is no stranger to the impact and importance of private giving. As a founding member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Annual Giving Board, she has made giving back to William & Mary an important part of her life. Now, she and her fiancé, Richard Brahan, are using their wedding as an opportunity to encourage others to join them in giving back and to create a lasting impact on others’ lives. In lieu of a traditional registry, they have established the Megan Dorward & Richard Brahan Wedding Scholarship and have encouraged their loved ones to make financial contributions to it in celebration of their wedding.
The Han Zhang and Jinlan Liu Family Foundation recently established a $100,000 faculty research endowment for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA) program at William & Mary.