December 27, 2002
Evan Frankel Foundation Scholarships to Marine Science Students Are Announced
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- The Evan Frankel Foundation has awarded four distinguished students in the Marine Science program at Southampton College of Long Island University $4,000 scholarships. The awards are supported by an $800,000 endowment fund that was established last year when Long Island University raised $400,000 to match a challenge grant from the Foundation. These new awards bring the Foundation's total support paid out for Marine Science scholarships to $184,000 for 48 students over the last five years.
The Foundation, based in East Hampton, has made significant contributions that directly benefit Southampton students since it started making grants in the early 1990s. Students have used the scholarships for internships and cooperative opportunities to gain career-related experience. Past winners have worked in marine research labs, interned with distinguished professors at major universities, traveled to the Galapagos Islands to do volunteer work, and participated in other experiential education programs around the world that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
All four of this year's award recipients will participate in the College's Tropical Marine Biology course, which is held in the nation of Vanuatu, a group of 83 islands in the South Pacific. "The trip provides an excellent opportunity for conducting field research in one of the world's most pristine tropical ecosystems," said award recipient Leah Cullison of Glenwood, MD.
"Along with diving these pristine reefs, there are lodging accommodations set up to generate interactions with the local population that inhabits the island chain," added Scott Stahl of Watsontown, PA. "Some of these cultures are just as unspoiled as the reefs that surround them."
Last spring, Rebekah Hudson of Uxbridge, MA, worked as an intern at the University of Hawaii, where she discovered her interest in coral reefs. She will focus her research on many soft and hard coral species found in Vanuatu.
Kristen Maurer, of Coopersburg, PA, is also looking forward to the opportunity for comparative studies in the islands, because the islands are in the same general region but have vastly different ecosystems. She would also like to investigate how the local human populations may be effecting those ecosystems.
Many of the past award recipients have gone on to graduate school or have plans to continue their higher education. The experiential programs have benefited the students' research experiences and enabled them to further define their educational and career decisions, which in turn have increased the likelihood of being accepted into competitive graduate programs.
The Evan Frankel Foundation was established in April 1991 by Evan Frankel, who received an Honorary Degree from Southampton College in 1982 and was instrumental in founding the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. The foundation's primary emphasis is in higher education in the humanities and the environment.
Southampton College' Marine Science Program is nationally recognized for its excellence and has produced 33 Fulbright Scholars, two Udall Scholars, and a Marshall Scholar in the past 25 years.