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COMES Founders Scholarship

The COMES Founders Scholarship is an endowed scholarship honoring the founders of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES): Dr. Lavern Weber (who was then Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center), the late Capt. Barry Fisher (“Dean of West Coast Groundfishing” and former Professor of Fisheries at Oregon State University), Terry Thompson, (fisherman, state legislature, county commissioner),  and the late Joe Easley, (fisherman, PFMC Councilman, and Director of Oregon’s Trawl Commission) . Recognizing the need for more sustainable fisheries and better understanding of our marine environment, these leaders worked together in the ‘80s to create an experiment station—a marine station—that would promote a strong working relationship between fishermen, processors, communities, consumers, and scientists in furthering these goals.

COMES, the largest applied marine research group in Oregon, works closely with the fishing/seafood industry, coastal communities, and management agencies to increase benefits from utilizing and sustaining West Coast marine resources. COMES partnerships and signature programs have include the Pacific Whiting Project, Molluscan Broodstock Program, Marine Mammal Program (now Institute), Community Seafood Initiative, Surimi Technology School, Astoria Seafood Laboratory, Salmon Ecology Initiative, and Project CROOS (Collaborative Research on Oregon Ocean Salmon). Since its founding in 1988, COMES research has generated more than $150 million in economic impacts and produced more than 300 jobs for Oregon and Pacific Northwest coastal communities.

Supporting students who contribute to coastal communities and marine science

The COMES Founders Scholarship will support OSU juniors and seniors who are doing a capstone project or internship at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Astoria Seafood Lab, or another coastal agency consistent with the COMES mission and goals. Reaching the minimum goal ($180,000) for the fund will make it possible to provide two annual scholarships of $4,000 each.  Janet Webster, HMSC Librarian, has graciously agreed to match up to $25,000 of donations received before December 31, 2014.”  

You are invited to make a gift to help establish this important scholarship. Checks should be addressed to “OSU Foundation” with “COMES Founders Scholarship” written on the memo line. Send to: OSU Foundation, 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333. Online gifts may be made at the secure website: giving.campaignforosu.org.

For information on other giving options such as giving appreciated securities or donating property, please contact Doug Brusa, Director of Development, Ocean Sciences (541-737-5526 or doug.brusa@oregonstate.edu), or Jack Holpuch, Associate Director of Development, College of Agricultural Sciences (541-737-9636 or jack.holpuch@oregonstate.edu).

Your gift will honor the founders of COMES and strengthen the future of Oregon’s coastal communities. Thank you for your consideration.

Contact Info

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2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR  97365
Tel:  541 867-0230
(at the Hatfield 
Marine Science Center)


2001 Marine Drive, Room 253
Astoria, OR  97103
503 325-4531
(at the Seafood Research 
& Education Center)