Malcolm Stewart awarded Sky Alland Scholarship
Rising fourth-year receives highly-competitive merit scholarship final year at U.Va.
The University Alumni Association announced Malcolm Stewart, a third-year Batten student, as the 23rd recipient of the Sky Alland Scholarship Monday. The scholarship is awarded to a rising fourth-year student at the University and covers their tuition and fees for their following year. It is one of the most competitive undergraduate scholarships at the University.
The recipient of the Sky Alland Scholarship is someone who embodies the qualities of J. Schuyler Alland, the 1979 McIntire graduate after whom the scholarship is named. Finalists are nominated by their peers and selected by an eight-student committee. The Sky Alland Scholarship Committee then selects the recipient.
“Over the years our winners and finalists have represented a great diversity of leadership roles, activities and backgrounds,” Kent Sullivan, chairman of the Sky Alland Scholarship Endowment said in a press release. “Enterprising spirit can take many forms.”
During his time at the University, Stewart was elected president of the Class of 2018 and serves as a University Guide and dormitory resident advisor. Stewart was also selected as the Senior Resident of the Lawn for next year.
Stewart found out he was awarded the scholarship last Thursday and said he and his family were excited about the news. He also said it was an honor to receive a scholarship dedicated to someone as admirable as Sky Alland.
“In interviewing, we learned so much about Sky Alland as a person and just to be nominated as a finalist was a huge honor,” Stewart said.
He described the feeling of being chosen as “something beyond words that I can’t explain.”
In a previous interview with The Cavalier Daily, Michelle Faby Chaillo — a fourth-year McIntire student and last year’s recipient of the scholarship — described the qualities she believes the recipient of the scholarship should embody.
“One of the main characteristics and the most important attributes we’re looking for is humbly successful,” Chaillo said. “Looking for that student who is very involved and does well and serves the University, but is very humble about it in their day-to-day life.”
“The Sky Alland Scholarship is a full scholarship awarded to a rising fourth-year student who exemplifies the qualities that helped Sky make his mark not just on the world, but on those around him,” the scholarship’s website states.
Stewart said he thinks it’s easy for students at the University to get wrapped up in schoolwork and other commitments, but he said he hopes others can learn from his appreciation of the simple moments with family and friends that turn into lasting memories.
“If there’s nothing else people remember about me, I want them to remember to appreciate the little things in life,” he said. “It’s those little things that take your breathe away that I think we don’t value enough, and I hope that people remember me as someone who cherished all of those little moments.”