The Founders Fund Scholarship Program

In 2005 the Board of Directors of TGF approved a fund from which TGF could provide scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students of the environmental sciences in the New York area. The Founders Fund carries the 21 names of the 1963 charter members of TGF.  The scholarship program is administrated by volunteers of the Founders Fund Committee.

2016 Committee Members

Karen Kaplan – Chair
Jessica Steinberg Albin (Founders Fund Fellow ’06)
Shannon Brightman, Ph.D.
Bert Darrow
Sara Low

The Scholarship

The Founders Fund currently supports an annual academic merit scholarship of $3,500 to an exceptional student in an environmental program of study such as, but not limited to, cold water fisheries management, environmental law, fishery conservation, aquatic biology.

From its beginning, the Founders Fund has partnered with the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities to help tap the best and the brightest students in the region. Founded in 2004, the Consortium is comprised of over sixty colleges and universities in the Hudson-Mohawk River region. Its mission is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed.


2016 Founders Fund Scholar

Nicholas McCloskey is the 2016 Founders Fund Scholar. Mr. McCloskey is entering his senior year at Siena College majoring in Environmental Science. He is a member of the Dean’s list and a Siena College Presidential Scholar. Mr. McCloskey has done field research on issues of water quality and quantity in his local urban watershed. He has contributed research to several scientific manuscripts and participated as a co-author on two publications, one of which is being submitted to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. An avid fisherman, Mr. McCloskey hopes to attend graduate school and eventually work with fish populations and human communities within a watershed to promote the protection of aquatic species and water quality through the use of technologies and environmental remediation techniques.

2016 Founders Fund Society

Patrons ($3,000 and above)

Bert Darrow

Sustainers ($1,000 – $2,999)

Karen Kaplan
David Kramer
David Sgorbati

Supporters ($500 – $999)

Shannon Brightman
Albert Butzel
John L. Field
Jack Gordon
Fred Lowenfels
Chuck Neuner

Members ($250 – $499)

John Adams
Patricia Adams
Jessica Steinberg Albin
David Berman
Bill Blumer
Terry Brykczyski
Joseph Ceballos
Christopher Ellman
Joel Filner
Charles Flickinger
Eric Goldstein
Jennifer Grossman
John Happersett
Luc Jansen
Diana Jacobs Kalman
Pat Key
Steve Lieb
Enoch Lipson
Sara Low
Barnabas McHenry
Mark Schiff
Warren Stern
Lauren Suter

Founding Patrons

Bert Darrow
Kathryn L. Heavey
Donal O’Brien
Ted Rogowski
Stewart Salenger Foundation