Press Releases

May 13, 2005

Evan Frankel Foundation Scholarships Presented Once Again to Southampton College Marine Science Students

Amanda Olsen(

Southampton, NY -- Five students in the Marine Science Program at Southampton College of Long Island University have been awarded $4,000 scholarships by the Evan Frankel Foundation based in East Hampton. The Foundation, which made its first grant to students in the College’s Marine Science Program in 1997, has now awarded 77 scholarships for a total of $292,000.

This spring’s scholarship winners are Chelsea FitzSimons-Diaz of Placentia, Calif., Molly Fox of Crystal Lake, Ill., Stephanie Grassia of McCook, Neb., Kasey Jacobs of Levittown, N.Y., and Emily Kane of Upper Marlboro, Md.

"We are grateful that The Evan Frankel Foundation has continued its commitment to our marine science students," said Southampton College Provost Daniel Rodas. "This support will enable our students to become tomorrow’s leaders in marine research and preservation."

The Frankel Scholarships have allowed Southampton College marine science students to pursue such diverse interests as studying tropical marine ecosystems in the South Pacific, sea turtles in Puerto Rico and bluefish tuna in the Gulf of Maine, holding internships around the world, working with marine mammals, and studying marine chemistry at the Monterey Bay Research Institute.

Three of the latest scholarship recipients, FitzSimons-Diaz, Fox and Jacobs, will remain on Long Island to study scallops, clams and seagrass, and pesticides with Southampton College and Stony Brook University professors. Grassia is heading to Hawaii to participate in an observational cruise with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and then an internship this fall at L’Oceanographic in Valencia, Spain. Kane will also study with NOAA, but she will be stationed in San Diego for a research internship.

Established in 1978, The Evan Frankel Foundation’s primary emphasis is in higher education, the humanities and the environment. The late Evan Frankel, who received an Honorary Degree from Southampton College in 1982, was instrumental in founding the Jewish Center of the Hamptons and was active in the East End community for more than 50 years.