Fletcher Jones Foundation Endows Second Graduate Fellowship

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has received an award of $425,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to permanently endow a fellowship for a first-year graduate student enrolled in TSRI's Kellogg School of Science and Technology. This is the second TSRI graduate fellowship endowed by the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

"I would like to thank the Fletcher Jones Foundation for its generous gift," says Jeffery Kelly, dean of graduate studies and vice president of academic affairs. "Endowments are important to provide a means of supporting future scientists during their first year of graduate studies during which they focus on classwork."

Thus far, six first-year graduate students have been named Fletcher Jones Fellows. They are: Olgun Guvench, Tom Wu, Micah Gearhart, David Gray, Elizabeth Thompson, and Karen Kustedjo. In 2002, Thompson was the first Fletcher Jones Fellow to graduate from the program.

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was established in 1969 by Fletcher Jones, just two years before his death in an airplane crash at the age of 41. Jones had his first experience with computers in a job with an aircraft company. In 1959, he co-founded Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with partner Roy Nutt. By 1963, CSC was the nation's largest software company and today the company has over 40,000 employees and 600 offices worldwide.

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was established with $30 million of Jones's personal fortune. From early on, the foundation has specialized in grants to private colleges and universities, particularly those in California.

Other individuals and institutions currently funding graduate fellowships at TSRI include: The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, the William and Sharon Bauce Family Foundation, the Norton B. Gilula Graduate Student Fund, David and Ursula Fairchild, the Louis R. Jabinson Investigatorship Fund, the Koshland Family Foundation, Robert Loch, and Lesly Anne Shelton.











"I would like to thank the Fletcher Jones Foundation for its generous gift."

Jeffery Kelly