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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation awards $5,000 scholarship to Knoxville resident

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Cheston Peterson. Photo by GHOF.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) has awarded the Guy Harvey Scholarship Award to Knoxville resident Cheston Peterson. GHOF is a non-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment.

Peterson, a doctoral student from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, is one of six students in Florida universities to receive a $5,000 scholarship to support his individual academic program, as well as a certificate designed and signed by world-renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey.

The Award, established in 2010 through a partnership between Florida Sea Grant and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, recognizes graduate students at Florida universities whose research focuses on the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in Florida’s marine environment. Since its inception, 41 students have received $194,000 in scholarships.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints.

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Published June 26, 2017

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