The theme of this year’s scholarships luncheon was past, present and future, with an emphasis on storytelling from several students and alumni whose lives have been transformed by the power of scholarships. So many in the crowd of more than 400 donors and scholarship students left the luncheon saying they felt inspired, hopeful and energized — wanting to hear more about how For the Bold’s top priority is impacting the trajectory of so many lives and the future of the university.
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
As part of William & Mary’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation and women’s athletics, a $2.4 million commitment has been made by several donors to establish a new home for the women’s field hockey team. The development of the Busch Team Facility is being supported through a fundraising initiative called the Century Project, which has set into motion efforts designed to enhance the experience for women athletes and the caliber of the university’s facilities.
William & Mary students are buzzing about the yellow tags that have popped up this month for Tag Day. During Homecoming & Reunion Weekend those special yellow tags will remain displayed throughout campus, showing students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends the way private donors cover and support our alma mater.