TOGA/VIMS Student Fellowship Endowment
Members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association announced the establishment of the TOGA Fellowship Endowment during a June 2012 visit to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. From L: VIMS Dean and Director John Wells, recently retired VIMS fisheries specialist and TOGA Advisor Mike Oesterling, TOGA co-founder and President Emerita Jackie Partin, and TOGA President David Turney. The endowment is in honor of Mike and Jackie who have served TOGA so well for 14 years.
Thanks to the many contributors and volunteers who love the Bay and have made this possible.
If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to the VIMS Foundation, noting "TOGA Fellowship Endowment (3506)" in the memo section, and mail to: VIMS Foundation, c/o The College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
UPDATE ON THE TOGA/VIMS FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENT
(Honoring Jackie Partin and Mike Oesterling)
At the Jan. 25, 2020 Annual Meeting, VIMS director of Development Susan Maples gave an update on the status of the TOGA VIMS Fellowship Endowment. As of September 30, 2019, the book value was $152,285,90, with a market value of $182,185.92. To date, ten students have received a TOGA fellowship. Susan "thanked the members present for their support of the fellowship through TOGA and for the individual gifts members make. As you know, this fellowship is an investment in research that benefits oysters and our waterways in Virginia and around the world." So you know you are doing a great service when you donate to the endowment and purchase or help build TOGA oyster floats (proceeds to the endowment). Please see the recent letter to TOGA from Dr. John Wells, VIMS Dean and Director.
The TOGA endowment funds as of June 30, 2018 were book valued at $141,393 and the market value was $168,842. Every gift of support to the TOGA Fellowship, through donations from the float building efforts or individual gifts from TOGA members, allows graduate students the best education and the opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research. This year’s recipient is Ph.D. student Jennifer Beckensteiner.
Thank you, from all of us to all of you, for making the endowment a reality and for continuing its growth for future students.
All charitable gifts to the TOGA Endowment held in the VIMS Foundation (a 501c3 organization) are tax deductible. The TOGA Endowment supports graduate students of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science researching oysters and shellfish, and the ecological restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more about VIMS, visit or call Susan Maples at 804-684-7846.
Susan Maples, Director of Development,Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The TOGA endowment funds for June 30, 2017, were book valued at $130,837 and the market value was $150,336. Every gift of support, be it through donations from the float building efforts or individual gifts from TOGA members toward the TOGA Fellowship, makes a huge difference for the students who benefit from it. You will have an opportunity to meet this year’s student, Joey Matt at the January 2018 meeting. Thank you, from all of us, to all of you, for making the endowment a reality and for continuing its growth for future students.
All charitable gifts to the TOGA Endowment held in the VIMS Foundation (a 501c3 organization) are tax deductible. The TOGA Endowment supports graduate students of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, researching oysters and shellfish and more broadly the ecological restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, which ultimately impacts shellfish. To learn more about VIMS, please check out our
website www.VIMS.edu, or call Jennifer Dillon at 804-684-7226.
Jennifer S. Dillon
Associate Director of Advancement
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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