LEWIS E. KIMBALL SCHOLARSHIP HISTORY
Author, Barbara Cotnam, October, 2018
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.
Previous Award Winners
Cameron Bonnell, Harwich: University of Massachusetts; Amherst Environmental Science; Natural Resource Conservation. (2021)
Cameron’s interests are in academic research or working on government conservation policy issues. Worked as a ranger in the mountains of New Mexico, Philmont Scout Ranch operated by the Boy Scouts of America. He has recently worked as a Land Stewardship Intern with the Orleans Conservation Trust.
Emma Burke, Harwich: University of New England, Environmental Studies (2024 accelerated Master’s)
Emma has a special interest in ornithology and has been working as a research assistant collecting data about Bobolinks that rely on local hayfields for spring nesting. She has been accepted into an accelerated five-year program for a Master’s degree in Environmental Science in Conservation Biology with a focus on conserving endangered birds in New England.
Allison Carter, Centerville: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Environmental Science; Public Policy (2021)
Allison has a particular interest in promoting environmental awareness and literacy with consumers and industries and hopes to work in that area upon graduation. Passionate about giving back to the community, she has been actively engaged on the Cape, starting a web site to promote environmental literacy and awareness, http://www.missioncapecod.org and working with the Housing Assistance Corporation in Barnstable to build a garden for men who had experienced long term homelessness. (previous FCW recipient).
Alexandra Cook, Eastham, SUNY College of Environmental Science; Master’s in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management (2021).
Alex is passionate about coastal avian conservation and endangered species management. She has worked on a snowy plover project in Florida and restoration of avian nesting sites on salt marsh habitats with the NYC Parks Dept. She has presented her research at regional and international conferences and is currently an intern with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is also an integral part of a five-university working group known as SHARP which studies saltmarsh ecosystems from Maine to Virginia. (previous FCW recipient)
Livia Graham, Dennis: College of the Holy Cross, Environmental Studies; Geoscience (2022)
Livia is particularly concerned about hydrology, water quality and water pollution. She aspires to be a scientist, and has a desire to contribute to improving water quality on the Cape, with a special interest in cyanobacteria blooms. She has been a volunteer at the APCC.
Kathleen Mason, Barnstable; Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Master’s in Environmental Management (2021).
Kathleen’s focus is on coastal resiliency and water quality, including wetlands and stream restoration. She is currently serving as a River Conservation Fellow with American Rivers in their Durham, North Carolina office working on State policy affecting rivers and the communities that depend on them. A key area of research has been on the issues surrounding the management of Cape Cod’s aquifer in light of local government fragmentation, decision making rules within town governance, and the area’s cultural norms of individualism. (previous FCW recipient).
Christopher Mazulis, Chatham: Salve Regina College; Environmental Sustainability (2021)
Chris has been involved in a number of environment actions including beach cleanups, and native species protection for the Aquidneck Land Trust in RI. He has a particular interest in renewable energy as well as environmental law enforcement.
Lucy Packer, Vineyard Haven; Warren Wilson College; Conservation Biology; Environmental Studies (2021)
Lucy’s special interest is forestry and how to conserve land and restore habitat in a way to coexist with people. She participated in the Polaris Project with the Woods Hole Research Center, at a remote field site in Alaska and presented the project at the American Geophysical Union. Her senior thesis is investigating the effects of a trout hatchery’s discharge on benthic macroinvertebrate diversity. She would like to work with a land conservation group, ideally on Martha’s Vineyard to manage the Islands forests to improve, restore and conserve habitat for native species.
Benjamin Pickard, Wellfleet; Roger Williams Roger Williams University, Marine Biology, Aquiculture; (2021)
Ben has researched the effects of nitrogen on microalgae starter cultures with the purpose of growing alae more effectively for the production of hatchery raised shellfish and feeds for fin fish and was invited to present his findings at the 110th National Shellfisheries Associations Annual Meeting. Having had a shellfish license at age 12, and a commercial lobstering license since age 16, his goals are to open a hatchery on the Cape utilizing what he has learned in the classroom and the lab and to share his knowledge and ideas within the fishing community. (previous FCW recipient)
Alexandra Cook, is attending the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) located at Syracuse University majoring in Fish and Wildlife. She wrote that “Growing up in Eastham I developed a passion for coastal ecosystems and the wildlife that inhabit them. My research is focused on imperiled tidal marsh sparrows. Saltmarsh and Seaside sparrows depend exclusively on the tidal marshes of the northeast US for breeding and they are experiencing steep declines in population.” Ms. Cook will be graduating with a Master of Science degree in 2020. She received a FCW scholarship in 2013 while attending UMass Amherst. She plans to work on saltmarsh restoration projects on the east coast after graduation.
Kathleen Mason, Ms. Mason lives in Barnstable, MA. She completed her undergraduate studies at Colby College in Maine. She is now attending the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University with an expected graduation date for a Master of Environmental Management is 2021. Her future goals include working on projects that are part of the solution to our environment problems of the day with an emphasis on coastal resiliency and water quality. Learning about environmental degradation and general lack of urgency amongst the public, she is seeking to gain more knowledge, perform research and apply what she has learned to make a positive difference in environmental conditions in her generation.
Allison Carter, is attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and expects to graduate with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science in 2021. She is a resident of Centerville, MA. Her future goals are to obtain a master degree and doctorate. And to use her knowledge to connect climate change and environmental science with the public. Ms. Carter had glowing reports from her Professor of soil microbiology. She wrote in her application that, "Ideally I would like to work on Cape Cod to change habits that rely on plastic to biodegradable and promote the use of sustainable products."
Louisa Rossel, expects to graduate from Stonehill College in Easton, MA with a BA in 2021. She is majoring in Environmental Studies. Ms. Rossel grew up in Dennis, MA and would like to work at a nature preserve to protect wetland and marsh areas to increase populations of endangered species. She enjoys teaching children and had excellent letters of support from four professors.
Benjamin Pickard, lives in Wellfleet, MA. He is attending Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I. and expects to graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Marine Biology and Aquaculture. He had a shellfish license when age twelve and when sixteen obtained a Commercial lobster license fishing out of Provincetown. He is a fourth generation “Cape Codder” raised by “Old Salts.” He has planted millions of clams and eventually would like to own a shellfish hatchery producing a sustainable source of oyster and quahog seedlings for the farms of New England and beyond. He submitted an excellent letter explaining his goals and why he would appreciate the scholarship.
Paige Decker, expects to graduate in 2020 from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy located in Buzzards Bay with a B.A. degree in Marine Environmental Safety and Protection. She is currently employed part-time at Hyline Cruises and has worked on the Cape Cod Canal. Ms. Decker grew up on Nantucket where she gained a love of the sea. She was a member of the Nantucket H.S. sailing team and is a member of the M.M.A. crew team. Her chemistry professor wrote in his letter of recommendation of her enthusiasm and commitment to keeping our water bodies free of contaminants.
Elie B. Jordi, of West Tisbury will complete his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Vermont in May, 2019. He is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science. His senior year will be spent taking course work at the School of International Training in Geneva, Switzerland, to study multilateral diplomacy and international studies. He hopes to work as a diplomat, focusing on environmental issues at the international level. More specifically, he plans on concentrating on how environmental issues impact national security.
Lela S. Larned, will complete her clinical year in 2018 at Murdoch University in Australia. She will receive her DVM degree in Conservation Medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine upon successful completion of her studies. Miss Larned, daughter of the late Larry Larned of South Chatham, plans to practice medicine on Cape Cod, specializing in wildlife health, conservation, and habitat restoration for native aquatic and terrestrial animals. Miss Larned is a published author in the field of wildlife conservation.
Matthew Cappucci, of Plymouth, Ma, attended school at the Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. He is now an upper classman at Harvard majoring in the special concentration individualized accredited Atmospheric Sciences program and plans to graduate with a bachelor’s of science in 2019. Matthew has excellent recommendations from his professors at Harvard. Mr.Cappucci’s goal at completion is to add to the science of predicting weather patterns. He wrote on his application: “I want to integrate environmental stewardship and protection to the message I hope to advance someday through my dual role on television and as a scientist.”
Evan Ridley, a native of Harwich, MA, will graduate in 2017 with a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. His professional goal is education and research focused on the preservation of our world’s marine resources and coastal habitats through policy analysis and policy development. While at the University Mr. Ridley was a graduate research assistant. He is researching ways to dispose of obsolete fiber glass boats in an environmentally friendly way.
Lela S. Larned, of South Chatham, MA. Plans to complete her final clinical year at Murdock University, Perth, Australia and receive her DVM in Conservation Medicine in 2018 from St. George’s University. Ms. Larned was the former Executive Director of Wildlife Care on Cape Cod from 2003 to 2010. She plans to practice medicine on Cape Cod, specializing in wildlife health, conservation and habitat restoration for native aquatic and terrestrial animals.
Gillian Badwan, Ms. Badwan is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School, Cape Cod, MA. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and transferred to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she will receive her B.A. degree in Environmental Science at U Mass, May 2016. Her career objective is to design and implement a curriculum-based nature and science afterschool program for elementary school students. Gillian plans to manage and teach natural sciences in an institute setting and to foster a sense of environmental stewardship in children.
Emily Blanchard lives in Brewster, Ma. Ms. Blanchard will graduate from Hobart and William Smith College in May 2017. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Media and Society. She was honored by being named one of four teaching colleagues in her senior year, assisting in a first year course on sustainability. Emily plans to teach other students about their responsibility to take action as an environmental steward. Her professional goal is to work for an environmentally conscious company doing PR and promoting products that protect natural resources to consumers.
Conor Laffey of East Falmouth, will receive a B.S. at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2015 in Environmental Studies. His major is forest management and water conservation. He aims to practice adaptive watershed and land management to successfully measure, monitor and restore ecosystem conditions; to conserve and interpret natural resources and wildlife habitats. FCW follow up: Conor is now a teaching assistant at UMass Amherst in the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Meredith Atwood from Dennis, MA. , is currently a PhD student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Her academic achievement is at the A+ level of High Honors. Recommendations from Yale faculty were an outstanding student in her research and class work. Her immediate focus is determining critical food resources for amphibians. It will require developing an understanding of pond and wetland ecosystems so as to guide policy decisions. Her goal is to teach at the college level and to continue research after she received her doctorate.
Aaron Bryant is enrolled in the School of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. He expects to graduate in 2015. His grade point average is 3.0. His career objective is to work with local town municipal entities to manage their environment, especially storm water. Currently his focus is on energy/environment nexus with a special spotlight on ‘fracking.” Wisely one of his courses at Duke is conflict resolution. While an under graduate he was a Geist Awardee in municipal water management at Waquoit Bay National Estuaries Research Reserve.
David Bouck is a master’s candidate in Coastal Zone Management at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmosphere Science, University of Miami. He expects to graduate in 2015.
A native of Martha’s Vineyard, he early on became aware of the beauty of his surroundings which fostered a desire to preserve the environment as a professional. As an undergraduate, he received a fellowship grant for conservation biology which took him to South Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree. Several summers he served as Superintendent of Long Point Nature Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard. Two winters were spent working for the Resource Management department for the National Park Service in Hawaii Volcano National Park. His career goals are to earn a PhD. His recommendations are of the highest order.
AARON BRYANT, Mashpee, is enrolled in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in a two-year Master of Environmental Management program. He graduated cum laude with a Political Science degree from Duke, and plans to mesh this background with his focus on stormwater management. Working under the auspices of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, he interviewed municipal officials and noted a common theme: the desire for third party expertise. He wants to be the third party to aid public and private sectors deal with stormwater.
ALEXANDRA COOK is a junior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her focus is on wildlife ecology and conservation, protecting native fish, birds and wildlife species or restoring habitats. She has worked in Wellfleet assisting a graduate student researching diamond-backed terrapins and at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, assigned to nesting terns.
ZACHARY SCOTT graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with an Environmental Science degree. In an Honors College Research Study he studied the impact of commercial bee genes on the gene pool of native bees. No one in the United States has studied this. Bees pollinate cranberry crops, among other plants, and this is a very serious issue on the Cape, because breeders are bringing in commercial bees from elsewhere without knowledge of benefits or adverse effects. He plans to apply this fall to graduate school to study entomology and/or conservation genetics.
Meredith Atwood – Ms. Atwood is a Dennis, MA resident currently attending the Yale School of Forestry, she has a web site outlining her work at Yale. Her undergraduate work was done at Denison Collage graduating Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and winner of the President’s medal. She received a FCW award in 2012 and again in 2014. She moved from Denison to SUNY –ESF and worked with James Gibbs, a top notch conservation scientist. Now at Yale she will receive her doctorate in 2016. Meredith researches the ecology of temporary ponds. She is particularly interested in how terrestrial inputs (e.g. leaf litter) to ponds affect oxygen availability, carbon cycling, and food web dynamics. Her major advisor is Professor David Skelly.
Holly Bayley is a resident of Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA. Ms. Bayley is in a Master’s program at the University of New Hampshire where she is completing her research fieldwork in Cape Cod estuaries, on aspects of the restoration of eelgrass. She also works full-time at Cape Cod National Seashore as the aquatic ecology technician. Her goal is to contribute to advancing the management of coastal ecosystems of Cape Cod and Massachusetts. In addition to receiving high grades, all three scholarship winners have already published research papers or given scientific presentations on their research.
Owen Nichols is in the final year of his Ph.D. program in the School for Marine Science and Technology at U. Mass. Dartmouth. His interest lies in understanding the marine ecosystem as a whole, beyond the study of a single species of animal. In his doctoral research he is working with commercial fishermen and scientists in assessing variables in nearshore habitats. He raised funds to start a research program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown with the objective of fostering collaboration between fishermen and scientists. He is a resident of Brewster. Follow up; 2016 - Owen Nichols is now the Director of Marine Fisheries at the Center for Coastal Studies. He received the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award in 2016.
Ashley Harrington, Brewster, completed a 2-year course of studies at Cape Cod Community College with high grades and begins her junior year at the University of Maine, Orino. She is majoring in Marine Biology and hopes to go on to graduate school.
Melissa Patrician, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island and has worked as a research assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She is now in the first year of a Ph.D. program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y., where she is specializing in the ecology of whales. Her award is the first time that FCW have so honored a graduate student.
Nicolle Bramer, Brewster, attends the Rubenstein School of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. She expects to graduate this December (2010) and, after gaining experience in environmental consulting, hopes to obtain a Master's Degree. Her special interests are: water quality, and wetland management and restoration.
Carissa Giacalone, Brewster, completed a 2-year course of studies at Cape Cod Community College and begins her Junior year this fall (2010) at UMass-Lowell where she will major in environmental studies and minor in secondary education. She hopes to obtain a master's degree and then to become an environmental science teacher in a middle school, preferably in Massachusetts.
Katelyn Hart, Chatham, majoring in Marine Affairs, will graduate December 2009 from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked part-time for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman’s Association. After graduation, she will move to Washington State to participate in the Fisheries Observer Program on commercial vessels and to obtain a Master’s Degree in Fisheries Management at the University of Washington.
Megan Starr, West Barnstable, scholarship holder for her junior and senior years at Harvard University where she majors in Environmental Science and Public Policy. She intends to go to Law School to prepare for a career in environmental policy, lobbying for environmental regulation. She has attended the summer School for Field Studies: Marine Parks Management, worked at the Woods Hole Research Center and held a summer internship at the Alliance for Climate Protection in Washington, D.C.
Christine Harris, South Orleans, scholarship holder for her junior and senior years at Ithaca College where she majored in Environmental Studies. Summers, she has been a Visitor Assistant and Interpreter at the Cape Cod National Seashore. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree leading to a career as an environmental educator.