Update from Ricardo and Brandon, Feb. 2008
Last Fall, the first recipient of the D.A. Taylor Memorial Scholarship, Ricardo Boulware of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, enrolled at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA as a Spanish major.
"Virginia Tech is by far the number one school in the state of Virginia. While that statement is a little bit bias, it is also true (laughs). Virginia Tech offers a very heartwarming environment. The university provides numerous programs, mentors and activities to help first year students adapt well to the environment. It has been a very easy and comfortable transition for me from high school to college. I have met and gotten to know my professors on a personal level outside of class. Additionally I have become actively involved on campus in organizations such as: FLEX (Freshman Leadership Experience), YMCA Student Programs Tutoring Division, Student Advisory Committee that sits on housing and dining services, SGA (Student Government Association) Governmental Affairs Committee and I serve as a member of the House of Representatives. College courses have not been too difficult. I definitely have to balance my free time with school work. It is not difficult to be efficient. To be successful, I maintain time management, organization with an agenda and control of my own studying. Virginia Tech definitely has a lot to offer so students of all backgrounds, cultures and educational desires should be encouraged to apply to this awesome college!" - Ricardo
This past Spring, Brandon Faubert, a midfielder and 2007 graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, was announced as the first winner of the D.A. Taylor Award recognizing the best male high school lacrosse player in Southeastern Virginia. Brandon now attends Stevens Tech in Hoboken, New Jersey.
"My first semester here at Stevens Tech is coming to a close now and finals are only a week away so the atmosphere around here is changing a little. Although the work here is incredibly hard and the teachers push us equally as hard to finish the work, there is enough time to enjoy ourselves. I am lucky enough to be part of one of the best D-III programs in the country here. Lacrosse here is amazing, we play a very fun and energetic style that is very conducive to up tempo play.
I'm also very glad to see that the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation is expanding across the country to places like San Francisco. This is a great foundation and it is amazing to see its growth and where it will be one day. I am very fortunate to have won the award and to have met the Taylors and learned more about who D.A. was and what he still stands for today." - Brandon