Scholarship Helps OIMB Undergrads

The Neil Richmond Memorial Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need to students attending the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology fall or spring session. The scholarship is funded by a grant from Oregon Sea Grant and honors the memory of Neil Richmond. Neil was a marine scientist and friend who worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This scholarship honors his spirit, curiosity and love of learning.


This award ranges from $500 to $1,000 for spring or fall term. This scholarship is available to students attending the University of Oregon Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology.


Download application (PDF) and scholarship detail. 

Current Neil Richmond Award Recipients


Alondra German Castaneda, Spring 2022

Alondra is a senior at the University of Oregon, where she is finishing a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Alondra's desire to pursue a degree in marine biology has remained constant since the age of 13, when she was fortunate enough to spend a week at the Catalina Island Marine Institute through a field trip organized by her middle school. Once Alondra completes her bachelor’s degree in marine biology, she would like to find a career in marine resource management with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). 




Anna Higgins-Davis, Fall 2021

Anna is a Marine Biology Major finishing her Bachelor of Science degree and plans to graduate of Fall 2021.

After graduating she hopes to get straight into the field of aquarium health care at the Oregon Coast Community College aquarium science program. She has an internship with the Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC). She has a life-long passion for aquatic animals and hopes to specialize in sharks in the future.


Former Award Recipients
  • Melody Lemke (2020)
  • Sebastian Bergen (2020)