Christopher Sherman Neese Scholarship Endowment Fund

The photo was taken in 1973 at a seaside restaurant on the island of Mykonos, Greece where Christopher Sherman Neese (1946-1988) was on a cruise that included diving.


General Endowment


$80,014 (2021)

Year Established



Scholarships for students studying Marine Science. (GF000026)


This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to a student studying Marine Science. Preference (not a requirement) that the selected student be engaged in graduate work and that there is a credible interest in working the coastal areas of the southeast.


This scholarship was seeded by a one-time contribution in Chris' memory.

Chris was a Master Open Water Diver who loved the sea. He thoroughly enjoyed serving as Divemaster/Instructor for beginner and seasoned divers alike. His favorite dives were night dives in the sunken vessels off Palm Beach. He often said: "There's nothing as exciting as turning a dark passageway corner on a sunken ship at night and coming facemask to snout with a barracuda; up close and personal in the limited light they appear as large and menacing as any shark ever could."

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.