May 30, 2003
Prestigious Scholarships Announced by Southampton College
Evan Frankel Foundation Awards to Benefit Worldwide Student Research
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When Joshawna Nunnery applied for a scholarship last fall, she dreamed of using the award money to finance an educational trip to the South Pacific to study the coral reef ecosystem. Nunnery's dreams will become a reality for she was announced as one of six recipients of a $4,000 scholarship by The Evan Frankel Foundation of East Hampton.
Nunnery, a distinguished student in the Marine Science program at Southampton College of Long Island University, was recently honored by the Foundation along with students Timothy Davis, Renee Harrington, Amy Littlefield, Kate Muldoon and Ashley Neway. The award is supported by an $800,000 endowment fund established when Long Island University raised $400,000 to match a challenge grant from the Foundation.
"The Tropical Marine Biology course will give me a chance to develop some field sampling techniques, allowing me to see the other side of research," said Nunnery, a native of Conyers, Ga. "Though I do enjoy lab research, I don't know if I'll enjoy field research until I've tried it. This is an invaluable and rewarding educational experience and I thank the Foundation for this great opportunity."
A 1982 Southampton College Honorary Degree recipient, Evan Frankel established the Foundation in 1978 which became active in 1991 at the time of his death. With a primary emphasis in higher education in the humanities and the environment, the Foundation has so far awarded a total of $208,000 to 54 Southampton College students who are able to participate in a range of experiential education programs around the world that they may not otherwise be able to afford. Past award recipients have praised the valuable field research experience they've gained from internships and co-operative opportunities, and many have furthered their higher education goals by being accepted into competitive graduate programs. Previous winners have worked in marine research labs, interned with distinguished professors at major universities and traveled to remote islands to do volunteer work.
Nunnery will be joined in the South Pacific by Davis of Pentwater, Mich., and Muldoon a resident of Carmel, N.Y. "I'd like to leave Southampton College knowing that I took advantage of everything it had to offer," said Muldoon. "The Frankel Scholarship will give me a chance to get the most out of my education."
Littlefield of Phoenix, Ariz., is planning a summer internship in an aquarium with research opportunities. Harrisburg, Pa., native Neway will use her scholarship money to participate as a student research assistant for The Manta Network in Hawaii, an organization that supports the research and environmental education initiatives of these graceful and docile creatures of the sea.
Harrington, who came to Southampton College from Cortland, N.Y., has previous professional experience working with endangered species, habitat restoration, conservation and preservation. She will be an intern this summer with the Natural Resources Management Aquatic Resource division of the Assateague Island National Seashore in Berlin, Md., assisting staff in estuarine and beach water quality monitoring, fisheries surveys, tide gauge maintenance and seagrass aquarium husbandry. "I have a good idea of what I am ultimately looking for in a career," she said. "I want to work on many different projects as my interests are far-reaching. I look forward to working on projects with Assateague that are different than any I have done before. The scholarship money gives me great confidence that my career goals will be reached."
The College's nationally recognized Marine Science Program has produced 37 Fulbright Scholars, two Udall Scholars and a Marshall Scholar in the past 28 years.