Many people have supported and assisted in the growth of the Environmental Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College. These individuals, groups, and corporations have established endowed funds, provided program grants and donated scholarships that have benefitted the students, faculty, and mission of the Environmental Studies Program.
The Cargill Fund for Environmental Studies supports the Randolph-Macon College Environmental Studies Program's highest needs with emphasis on activities that support conservation and protection of natural habitats. The Iden Endowment for Environmental Studies was established by Mrs. Jane Iden to purchase a teaching/research boat (pictured above) and to provide a fund for boat maintenance. Mrs. Iden's husband, Dr. Robert W. Iden, was a member of the class of 1950 and served as the major active physician at Fauquier Hospital. The Jordan Family Fund supports the Environmental Studies Program initiatives including hydrology course development and equipment. John Jordan was an Environmental Studies major from the Class of 1998. The White Endowment for Environmental Studies was established by Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. White, III, Class of 1950. The Whites owned and operated Mainland Farm in Williamsburg, Virginia, the oldest continuously operated farm in British-settled North America. The White endowment supports the Randolph-Macon College Environmental Studies Program's highest needs with emphasis on equipment and field studies support.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund supported the initiation of the Environmental Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College via the purchase of major equipment including a water quality lab in 1995. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust through the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Environmental Initiative; Improving Virginia's Environment: River and Stream Water Quality Assessment, 2003-2004. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Bacterial Source Tracking to Identify Sources of E. coli Bacteria in the Mechumps Creek Watershed, Ashland, Virginia, 2008.The National Science Foundation: supported the purchase of major research instrumentation including side-scan sonar and two seismic reflection profiling systems with digital GPS capabilities, 2008.The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Town of Ashland; Mechumps Creek Restoration Project. Grants and matching funds for restoration of 1,300 feet of degraded stream habitat within the Town of Ashland, 2009-2010.
The William Neal Cunningham Memorial Fund was established in memory of a member of the class of 1968 by his family, friends, and classmates. Mr. Cunningham was the first student at Randolph-Macon to aspire to a career in field biology. Tragically, he was killed in Vietnam, but his memory as a person committed to understanding and protecting ecosystems lives on in the form of this annual award.The James M. York, M.D. and Elizabeth H. York Scholarship was established in 2007 by Dr. and Mrs. James M. York to benefit students who intend to major in biology, chemistry, physics, or environmental science.The L. Preston Bryant Undergraduate Research Fellowship was established in 2008 to support a summer research position for an Environmental Studies major.