The Society of 1918 is William & Mary's giving society by women, for women. It supports the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment, which will fund enriching programming that brings W&M women together to strengthen their bonds with one another and with alma mater. Aili Espigh ’17 is the youngest charter member.
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
After a momentous Charter Day weekend — which included the inauguration of President Rowe, the re-investiture of Chancellor Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 and a celebration of 326 years of William & Mary history — we are ready to move forward with renewed enthusiasm.
In 1693, King William and Queen Mary signed a charter to found a college across the Atlantic in a distant overseas colony. Signing that charter, they couldn’t have imagined what the next 326 years had in store for their little Virginia college, but they knew they wanted to create an institution that would last “for ever.” “For ever” — even at the university’s birth with centuries of uncertainty ahead, its founders put no limits on William & Mary’s future.