Maintaining the invaluable waterways of Chatham, Cape Cod MA for future generations

Scholarships & Awards

Captain's Award

Presented by Friends of Chatham Waterways to honor distinguished service in the protection and preservation of Chatham’s waterways and neighboring lands.
2001      Richard N. Miller
2002      Douglas B. Wells
2003      Coleman C. Yeaw
2004      Jean A. Young
2005      Paul R. Kelley
2006      Gordon Pearce
2007      Rob Carlisle, Barbara Waters
2008      Richard Batchelder
2009      Norman and Carol Pacun
2010      Fred O. Jensen
2011      Jane S. Harris
2012      William Appleyard
2013      George Olmsted
2014      Kurt Hellfach
2015      George Cooper
2016      Kristin Andres
2017      Martha Stone
2018      Walter Butler

The Captain Award plaque hangs in Chatham Town Hall to the left of the door to the Selectmen’s office. A suitable memento is provided for honoree(s) to retain and a “suitable for framing” certificate is presented to each honoree.

Lewis E. Kimball Scholarships

Friends of Chatham Waterways is offering Kimball scholarships of up to $3,000 to graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students majoring in marine or environmental studies. It is our belief that providing grants at the graduate and undergraduate levels will enable and encourage young men and women––tomorrow’s leaders––to commit themselves to careers in these fields.

Graduate students, and undergraduate applicants entering their junior or senior year of college within the next 12 months, must be majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, marine ecology or related subjects in these fields.

Applicants must be residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket or graduates of a high school or college on the Cape or Islands.

Lewis E. Kimball Scholarship Application


2018-2019 Academic Year

Elie B. Jordi,
of West Tisbury will complete his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Vermont in May, 2019. He is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science. His senior year will be spent taking course work at the School of International Training in Geneva, Switzerland, to study multilateral diplomacy and international studies. He hopes to work as a diplomat, focusing on environmental issues at the international level. More specifically, he plans on concentrating on how environmental issues impact national security.

2017-2018 Academic Year

Lela S. Larned,
will complete her clinical year in 2018 at Murdoch University in Australia. She will receive her DVM degree in Conservation Medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine upon successful completion of her studies. Miss Larned, daughter of the late Larry Larned of South Chatham, plans to practice medicine on Cape Cod, specializing in wildlife health, conservation, and habitat restoration for native aquatic and terrestrial animals. Miss Larned is a published author in the field of wildlife conservation.

Matthew Cappucci
, of Plymouth, Ma, attended school at the Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. He is now an upper classman at Harvard majoring in the special concentration individualized accredited Atmospheric Sciences program and plans to graduate with a bachelor’s of science in 2019. Matthew has excellent recommendations from his professors at Harvard. Mr.Cappucci’s goal at completion is to add to the science of predicting weather patterns. He wrote on his application: “I want to integrate environmental stewardship and protection to the message I hope to advance someday through my dual role on television and as a scientist.”

2016-2017 Academic Year

Evan Ridley, a native of Harwich, MA, will graduate in 2017 with a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. His professional goal is education and research focused on the preservation of our world’s marine resources and coastal habitats through policy analysis and policy development. While at the University Mr. Ridley was a graduate research assistant. He is researching ways to dispose of obsolete fiber glass boats in an environmentally friendly way.

Lela S. Larned, of South Chatham, MA. Plans to complete her final clinical year at Murdock University, Perth, Australia and receive her DVM in Conservation Medicine in 2018 from St. George’s University. Mess Larned was the former Executive Director of Wildlife Care on Cape Cod from 2003 to 2010. She plans to practice medicine on Cape Cod, specializing in wildlife health, conservation and habitat restoration for native aquatic and terrestrial animals.

2015-2016 Academic Year

Gillian Badwan
, Ms. Badwan is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School, Cape Cod, MA. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and transferred to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she will receive her B.A. degree in Environmental Science at U Mass, May 2016. Her career objective is to design and implement a curriculum-based nature and science afterschool program for elementary school students. Gillian plans to manage and teach natural sciences in an institute setting and to foster a sense of environmental stewardship in children.

Emily Blanchard
lives in Brewster, MA. she will graduate from Hobart and William Smith College in May 2017. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Media and Society. She was honored by being named one of four teaching colleagues in her senior year, assisting in a first year course on sustainability. Emily plans to teach other students about their responsibility to take action as an environmental steward. Her professional goal is to work for an environmentally conscious company doing PR or promoting choices as consumers that protect natural resources.

Conor Laffey of East Falmouth, will receive a B.S. at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2015 in Environmental Studies. His major is forest management and water conservation. He aims to practice adaptive watershed and land management to successfully measure, monitor and restore ecosystem conditions; to conserve and interpret natural resources and wildlife habitats. FCW follow up: Conor is now a teaching assistant at UMass Amherst in the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

2014- 2015 Academic Year

Meredith Atwood from Dennis, MA. , is currently a PhD student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Her academic achievement is at the A+ level of High Honors. Recommendations from Yale faculty were an outstanding student in her research and class work. Her immediate focus is determining critical food resources for amphibians. It will require developing an understanding of pond and wetland ecosystems so as to guide policy decisions. Her goal is to teach at the college level and to continue research after she received her doctorate.
Aaron Bryant is enrolled in the School of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. He expects to graduate in 2015. His grade point average is 3.0. His career objective is to work with local town municipal entities to manage their environment, especially storm water. Currently his focus is on energy/environment nexus with a special spotlight on ‘fracking.” Wisely one of his courses at Duke is conflict resolution. While an under graduate he was a Geist Awardee in municipal water management at Waquoit Bay National Estuaries Research Reserve.

David Bouck is a master’s candidate in Coastal Zone Management at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmosphere Science, University of Miami. He expects to graduate in 2015. A native of Martha’s Vineyard, he early on became aware of the beauty of his surroundings which fostered a desire to preserve the environment as a professional. As an undergraduate, he received a fellowship grant for conservation biology which took him to South Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree. Several summers he served as Superintendent of Long Point Nature Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard. Two winters were spent working for the Resource Management department for the National Park Service in Hawaii Volcano National Park. His career goals are to earn a PhD. His recommendations are of the highest order.

2013-2014 Academic Year

Aaron Bryant, Mashpee, is enrolled in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in a two-year Master of Environmental Management program. He graduated cum laude with a Political Science degree from Duke, and plans to mesh this background with his focus on stormwater management. Working under the auspices of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, he interviewed municipal officials and noted a common theme: the desire for third party expertise. He wants to be the third party to aid public and private sectors deal with stormwater.

Alexandra Cook is a junior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her focus is on wildlife ecology and conservation, protecting native fish, birds and wildlife species or restoring habitats. She has worked in Wellfleet assisting a graduate student researching diamond-backed terrapins and at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, assigned to nesting terns.

Zachary Scott graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with an Environmental Science degree. In an Honors College Research Study he studied the impact of commercial bee genes on the gene pool of native bees. No one in the United States has studied this. Bees pollinate cranberry crops, among other plants, and this is a very serious issue on the Cape, because breeders are bringing in commercial bees from elsewhere without knowledge of benefits or adverse effects. He plans to apply this fall to graduate school to study entomology and/or conservation genetics.

2012-2013 Academic Year

Meredith Atwood – Ms. Atwood is a Dennis, MA resident currently attending the Yale School of Forestry, she has a web site outlining her work at Yale. Her undergraduate work was done at Denison Collage graduating Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and winner of the President’s medal. She received a FCW award in 2012 and again in 2014. She moved from Denison to SUNY –ESF and worked with James Gibbs, a top notch conservation scientist. Now at Yale she will receive her doctorate in 2016. Meredith researches the ecology of temporary ponds. She is particularly interested in how terrestrial inputs (e.g. leaf litter) to ponds affect oxygen availability, carbon cycling, and food web dynamics. Her major advisor is Professor David Skelly.

Holly Bayley is a resident of Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA. Ms. Bayley is in a Master’s program at the University of New Hampshire where she is completing her research fieldwork in Cape Cod estuaries, on aspects of the restoration of eelgrass. She also works full-time at Cape Cod National Seashore as the aquatic ecology technician. Her goal is to contribute to advancing the management of coastal ecosystems of Cape Cod and Massachusetts. In addition to receiving high grades, all three scholarship winners have already published research papers or given scientific presentations on their research.

Owen Nichols is in the final year of his Ph.D. program in the School for Marine Science and Technology at U. Mass. Dartmouth. His interest lies in understanding the marine ecosystem as a whole, beyond the study of a single species of animal. In his doctoral research he is working with commercial fishermen and scientists in assessing variables in nearshore habitats. He raised funds to start a research program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown with the objective of fostering collaboration between fishermen and scientists. He is a resident of Brewster. Follow up; 2016 - Owen Nichols is now the Director of Marine Fisheries at the Center for Coastal Studies. He received the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award in 2016.

2011-2012 Academic Year

Ashley Harrington, Brewster, completed a 2-year course of studies at Cape Cod Community College with high grades and begins her junior year at the University of Maine, Orino. She is majoring in Marine Biology and hopes to go on to graduate school.

Melissa Patrician
, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island and has worked as a research assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She is now in the first year of a Ph.D. program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y., where she is specializing in the ecology of whales. Her award is the first time that FCW have so honored a graduate student.

2010-2011 Academic Year

Nicolle Bramer, Brewster, attends the Rubenstein School of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. She expects to graduate this December (2010) and, after gaining experience in environmental consulting, hopes to obtain a Master's Degree. Her special interests are: water quality, and wetland management and restoration.

Carissa Giacalone, Brewster, completed a 2-year course of studies at Cape Cod Community College and begins her Junior year this fall (2010) at UMass-Lowell where she will major in environmental studies and minor in secondary education. She hopes to obtain a master's degree and then to become an environmental science teacher in a middle school, preferably in Massachusetts.

2009-2010 Academic Year

Katelyn Hart, Chatham, majoring in Marine Affairs, will graduate December 2009 from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked part-time for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman’s Association. After graduation, she will move to Washington State to participate in the Fisheries Observer Program on commercial vessels and to obtain a Master’s Degree in Fisheries Management at the University of Washington.

2008-2009, 2009-2010 Academic Years

Megan Starr
, West Barnstable, scholarship holder for her junior and senior years at Harvard University where she majors in Environmental Science and Public Policy. She intends to go to Law School to prepare for a career in environmental policy, lobbying for environmental regulation. She has attended the summer School for Field Studies: Marine Parks Management, worked at the Woods Hole Research Center and held a summer internship at the Alliance for Climate Protection in Washington, D.C.

2007-2008, 2008-2009 Academic Years

Christine Harris, South Orleans, scholarship holder for her junior and senior years at Ithaca College where she majored in Environmental Studies. Summers, she has been a Visitor Assistant and Interpreter at the Cape Cod National Seashore. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree leading to a career as an environmental educator.