The James Stuart Chanley Scholarship

James Stuart Chanley was born on April 19, 1970, the youngest of three children. He was an early graduate from high school, and throughout his life he was very spontaneous, energetic, idealistic, and in love with life.

Brief stints in junior college and the Marines revealed to him that he was looking for a place to pursue his blossoming interest in humanitarian and environmental issues. He joined the California Conservation Corps and spent eighteen months learning the fundamentals of habitat preservation and wildlife conservation. He enjoyed the companionship of others who were of the same philosophical leanings. Eventually he decided to pursue his environmental interests academically and moved to Santa Cruz to attend Cabrillo College. While working full time and attending school, he also found the inspiration and energy to earn a letter in cross-country track, inspire others to become involved in humanitarian causes, and become involved in assisting the homeless people of Santa Cruz.

James Chanley was twenty-two years old and had been accepted into the Environmental Studies program at UC Santa Cruz for the next fall quarter when he was killed in a motorcycle accident on January 8, 1993. It is his family's desire that his energy, vitality and care for others be perpetuated through others who share his interests. With this desire in mind, his mother Valerie Anne Lovett, his sister Beverly Chanley, and his brother Stephen Chanley established the James Stuart Chanley Scholarship in April 1993.

The James Stuart Chanley Scholarship is based on financial need and merit. Preference is given to undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies, and the final determination in the selection of the recipient(s) is based upon the candidate(s) whose commitment to the environment most closely reflects the life of James Stuart Chanley. For more information about this scholarship, please contact the academic support coordinator in the Environmental Studies Department by telephone (831) 459-4136 or email or visit the department's website.

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