Author, Barbara Cotnam, October, 2018

Friends of Chatham Waterways Lewis E. Kimball Jr.

Lewis E. Kimball Jr. - FCW Director from 1983 - 2012

The Friends of Chatham Waterways, Lewis (Lew) E. Kimball Scholarship was established in 2007.  Lew was a founding director of the Friends of Chatham Waterways serving as vice president in 1983.  He was president in 1994, when a committee of FCW directors worked for nine years writing, lobbying and helping to finance publication of a two volume Stage Harbor Management Plan - the first of its kind in the state for a town – it was approved by the Federal EPA and the MA Secretary of Environmental Affairs.  It became a model for many other towns in the state. Lew held leadership roles at FCW and in the community until his death in 2012.

He held a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and a masters from Harvard University.  A Navy enlistee during WW11, he ranked as Captain after serving in the reserves for twenty-seven years. He and his wife, Lee and five children summered in Chatham in the 80’s. When he retired after forty-two years of teaching, and as headmaster at private schools in California, Virginia and Massachusetts, the family settled in Chatham.

In the eleven years since the scholarship began, twenty-six scholarships have been awarded. Several examples of the scholars who have been recipients are:  Christine Harris, who later attained a master’s degree and currently works at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary as Naturalist and Public Programs Coordinator.  Another recipient Owen Nichols, now holds a PhD in Marine Science and is currently the Marine Fisheries Research Director at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

Current protocol: A Scholarship Chair and two other directors make up the committee.  Colleges are contacted by mail in the fall. Applications are reviewed beginning May. Up to three recipients are selected by the committee and then voted on at a monthly BOD meeting.  Thanks to grants from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., we are able to award $3000.00 scholarships to worthy recipients. The scholarship application is available on our web site, www.chathamwaterways.org

Friends of Chatham Waterways is offering Kimball scholarships of up to $3,000 to graduate students and upper -level undergraduate students majoring in marine or environmental studies. It is our belief  that providing grants at the graduate and undergraduate school levels will enable and encourage young men and women -- tomorrow's leaders -- to commit themselves to careers in these fields.

Graduate students, and undergraduate applicants entering their junior or senior year of college within the next 12 months, must be majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, marine ecology or related subjects in these fields.