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.

Type

General Endowment

Value

$80,014 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Scholarships for students studying Marine Science. (GF000026)

Description

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.


History

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.