Gertrude E. Skelly Fellowship


Scholarship / Fellowship


$980,601 (2021)

Year Established



Create fellowships for students within the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000049)


A committee of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences faculty will select the best candidate for the fellowship.


Gertrude E. Skelly was born on November 4th, 1918 in Wilmington, Delaware. She was a US Navy auxiliary, also known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), during World War II and that is when her interest for the nursing profession began. She attended schools in Delaware and Connecticut and graduate from Finch College in New York City. 

She established The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation in 1991 to provide medical care and educational opportunities for those who cannot otherwise afford them. It was also her wish to continue in the tradition of her parents who had strong interest in education, medicine, and health care. Mrs. Skelly died on June 22nd, 1995 when she was 76 years old in Palm Beach County, leaving her legacy and meaningful charitable foundation. Mr. Erik Joh, lead trustee for the Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation, is committed to carrying forth her legacy for years to come. 

The foundation’s primary mission is to provide educational opportunities, mainly at colleges and universities, and needed medical care who are unable to afford them. All grants must affect multiple individuals and meet some educational, medical or emergency need.