Beazley Foundation endows VIMS fellowship for Tidewater students

The Beazley Foundation of Portsmouth has awarded the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation a $50,000 endowed student fellowship to attract students from the Tidewater region of Virginia.

Beazley Foundation President Judge Richard Bray traveled to VIMS last week to announce the award. "The work VIMS does in the Commonwealth is critical to sustaining our natural resources," says Bray. "We are proud to partner with VIMS to educate future generations of scientific leaders."

VIMS Dean and Director John Wells adds that "We're grateful to the Beazley Foundation for their support of VIMS and applaud their advocacy for education, health, and human services in the community."

The Beazley Foundation was established in 1948 to support educational, charitable, and religious organizations serving southeastern Virginia. The Foundation is supported with funds provided by the late Fred W. Beazley, his wife, Marie C. Beazley, and son, Fred W. Beazley, Jr., all of Portsmouth, Virginia.

The VIMS School of Marine Science is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William and Mary. Since its inception in 1943, the School of Marine Science has awarded more than 700 Master's and Ph.D. degrees in marine science and related fields. VIMS graduates serve in leadership positions in academia, industry, and government.