When Ed Harte founded the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in 2000, he directed us to “make a difference.” One of the ways we do that is by seeking support to fund the needs of our students and research programs. HRI is housed on a growing campus with a student population increasingly in need of financial support. Our endowments, scholarships and internships enable us to educate the next generation of researchers whose work will ensure an economically and ecologically sustainable Gulf of Mexico.
With the aid of our donors, we funded a total of 35 doctoral, masters and undergraduate students in 2016. As Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi seeks to become an Emerging Research University, the support of our donors in attracting world-class students, researchers and international collaborators is more important than ever before. We thank them for their generosity.
Crutchfield Fellowship Endowment
In May 2012, the Crutchfield Fellowships were established by John H. Crutchfield in honor of his late father, John W. Crutchfield. The purpose of the endowment was to fund educational expenses for Harte Research Institute masters and doctoral students. These expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, books, travel to meetings and workshops, and necessary research supplies or equipment.
Since inception, this endowment has provided $172,500 in funding for students. For fiscal year 2016 the fellowship was able to fund nine students with $60,500.
Furgason Fellowship Endowment
In June 2007, the Furgason Fellowships were established by Ed Harte and Joe Hornblower in honor of Dr. Robert Furgason, President Emeritus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and founding Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The purpose of the endowment is to fund teaching and research fellowships at HRI exclusively from Mexican or Cuban universities. In August 2010, the purpose of the fellowship was expanded to include funding of conferences, workshops, and symposia on subjects related to the Gulf of Mexico.
Funding expended during fiscal year 2016 totaled $58,000.
Margaret "Maggie" Bains Scholarship
In May 2013, the Margaret “Maggie” Bains Scholarship was established by the Chapel in the Hills Interdenominational Church in Wimberley, Texas, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and her former co-workers from the Harte Research Institute. Maggie, a former lab assistant at HRI, was recognized for her years of dedication to marine science with the establishment of an endowed scholarship in her name.
Beginning in fiscal year 2016, scholarships are ready and available to students.
Dr. John "Wes" Tunnell Jr. Fellowship
In April 2016, a new fellowship was established to continue the teaching legacy of long-time educator, author and marine scientist Dr. Wes Tunnell, Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. The fellowship will support a Mexican or American graduate student with a commitment to research in Mexico while he or she pursues graduate education at HRI. The Harte Charitable Foundation will establish the fellowship program in perpetuity, funding the program at $50,000 per year for the first eight years before establishing a $1 million endowment.
R.N. "Dick" Conolly Endowed Scholarship
In August 2008, the R.N. “Dick” Conolly Scholarship was established by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi to assist deserving full-time graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Funding is available to students at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies with a program of study within the research focus areas of fisheries conservation, particularly those in the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation with HRI.
Beginning in fiscal year 2016, scholarships are ready and available to students through Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Coastal Conservation Association Summer Internship Program
In May 2002, the Coastal Conservation Association-Texas (CCA) and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department partnered to support a summer internship program. The program was designed to give TAMUCC students hands-on experience in the field working along side state agency personnel. When the students are not in the field working with gill nets or bag seines, they are back at the office repairing gear and completing data entry. It started with one student, and the program has grown to funding seven student interns for a total of $44,500 in 2016. This growth was possible with the addition of other partners, Mr. and Mrs. Big Tournaments. These two organizations have joined CCA in sponsoring the summer internships to expand the program. Since 2002, the internship program has provided students over $335,000 in funding.