This endowment was established by Progress Energy in 2006 to support the UF Water Institute mission to catalyze the creation and adoption of improved methodologies for water management and policy development based upon strong research in water-related sciences, engineering, management and policy. Progress Energy merged with Duke Energy in 2012.
Sherwood L. Stokes provided this endowment through a bequest to support scholarships to students studying to improve and protect Florida’s environment in general, and water in particular. After he earned his law degree from UF in 1948, he returned to Haines City, Fla., and started his own law firm. He became a lifelong environmental advocate and community activist. A member of the Sierra Club and Audubon Society, Stokes helped found the Save Our Lakes program and encouraged the use of treated wastewater for irrigation.
This endowment was established by the Carl S. Swisher Foundation to support research to improve understanding of the availability and allocation of water resources in the State of Florida, better inform the general public about water issues across the state, and contribute to enhanced water-related education for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Florida.