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, Jr. 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, (Emilie) Lee and their three children began summering in Chatham in the mid-60’s. When he retired after forty-two years of teaching, and as headmaster at private schools in California, Virginia and Massachusetts, Lew and Lee settled in Chatham.

Since the scholarship began in 2007, FCW has supported a wide variety of students such as Christine Harris, who later attained a master’s degree and currently works at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary as Naturalist and Public Programs Coordinator; and Owen Nichols, who now holds a PhD in Marine Science and is currently the Marine Fisheries Research Director at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.  Please see the "Previous Award Winners" tab for a complete list of the students and their impressive bios.

Friends of Chatham Waterways is offering Lewis E. Kimball, Jr. 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.

The scholarship is open to graduate students, and undergraduate applicants entering their junior or senior year of college within the next 12 months, and majoring in environmental studies, environmental management, marine ecology or related subjects in these fields. Applicants must be residents of Cape Cod or the Islands, or graduates of a Cape Cod/Island high school or college.

If you have any questions or problems with the application email scholarships@chathamwaterways.org.