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Farris Foundation donates $1.1 million to fund TSRI Graduate Fellowship in Florida

Scripps Research Institute

JUPITER, FL, November 8, 2016 - The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation has made a $1.135 million gift to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to create the Farris Foundation Endowed Graduate Fellowship on the Jupiter, Florida campus.

"I want to thank the Farris Foundation for its generous gift to support our graduate program," said TSRI President Peter Schultz. "Gifts like this will help train the next generation of scientists who are critical to the future of biomedical research--and to build a lasting legacy of scientific excellence."

The new Farris Foundation Endowed Graduate Fellowship will provide annual support for doctoral students at Scripps Florida in perpetuity.

"Our gift is an investment in the continued strength of biomedical research at Scripps Florida," said Christine Koehn, executive director of the Farris Foundation, "so that young scholars will be able to reach their full potential as world-class scientists."

TSRI's graduate program is consistently rated by U.S. News and World Report as in the top 10 of its kind in the nation for chemistry and biology. Scripps Florida established a branch of the graduate program in 2005; the campus has since graduated 28 PhDs, and 49 doctoral students are currently enrolled.

The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation, created in 1986 by a merger of the Victor W. Farris Foundation and the Celia Lipton Farris Foundation, seeks to support projects that provide the structure, encouragement and incentive that enable people to help themselves lead more successful, inspired and fulfilling lives.


More information on The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation and TSRI's graduate program is available on their respective websites.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. TSRI is internationally recognized for its contributions to science and health, including its role in laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. An institution that evolved from the Scripps Metabolic Clinic founded by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924, the institute now employs more than 2,500 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientists--including two Nobel laureates and 20 members of the National Academy of Science, Engineering or Medicine--work toward their next discoveries. The institute's graduate program, which awards PhD degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see

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