A third-year student at the University of Virginia has been awarded a scholarship that will pay for tuition and room and board for her final year. She was selected out of 50 nominees for the Sky Alland Scholarship.
Allie Griswold was nominated for the award anonymously and after a long review process, was chosen to her surprise. She says it lifts a burden off her shoulders to not have to worry about school expenses next year.
Sky Alland graduated from UVA as a business major and started his own multi-million dollar company. In 1992, he was murdered just weeks before his wedding.
Now, the scholarship honors Alland's memory by awarding a student who embodies his leadership, enterprising spirit, humility, achievement, and devotion to the university.
Griswold, who is also a business major, believes her qualities follow in his footsteps.
“I think it's not just about doing what you think is going to put you in the best position for life, but doing what's going to make you happiest in life,” Griswold said. “That really seems like that's the path that Sky followed, and it's one that I hope to follow too.”
Griswold will be the president of the school's Commerce Council next year. She is also the president of the women's ice hockey team.
Griswold is focusing on finance and marketing and hopes to go into business consulting after she graduates next year.