Surfrider Foundation donation to fund URI scholarships
KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 29, 2000 -- The Rhode Island chapter of the Surfrider
Foundation has donated $3,000 to the University of Rhode Island Foundation
to fund six scholarships for students studying environmental issues.
The $500 scholarships are earmarked for four undergraduate students and
two graduate students whose academic interests are allied with the primary
mission of the Surfrider Foundation water quality protection and improvement,
and public access to coastal waterways.
"We chose to make our contribution to URI because of its phenomenal
oceanographic and environmental programs," said Kira Stillwell, membership
coordinator for the Rhode Island chapter, "and because so many of our
members have ties to the University."
The donation was made in memory of Robert Lloyd, a lifelong Narragansett
resident who was instrumental to introducing the sport of surfing to Rhode
Island in the 1930s and 40s. Lloyd died in May.
"It's visionary folks like Robert Lloyd that continue to make that
extra special difference in our current world, in conjunction with the Surfrider
Foundation, that will provide the natural resources for our future generations.
A wonderful combination!" said Bob Coleman, executive director of
the URI Foundation. "We are confident these scholarship students will
continue this wonderful environmental tradition."
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated
to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches
for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
The Rhode Island chapter was established in 1998 and has more than 80 members.
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