The Academy for Lifetime Learning recently awarded its 2017 Betty Ross STEMM Scholarship to Tanner Troyer, a straight-A student who graduated first in his class from Nandua High School. Troyer is the son of Steve and Jeanette Troyer of Accomac.
He plans to study civil engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the first of the 11 Ross STEMM scholarship winners to enter this field. During his senior year at Nandua he also took dual enrollment and advanced placement courses at the Eastern Shore Community College, including computer-aided design (CAD), environmental science and physics.
In his spare time, Troyer was captain of the Nandua soccer team. He is active in special needs outreach and is a member of the youth and men’s group at Zion Baptist church in Parksley. And he was a Virginia Aeronautical Science and Technology Scholar.
The STEMM scholarships, which are accompanied by a $1,000 unrestricted cash award, are designed to encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine. They are named in honor of the late founder of ALL, Betty Ross, and are funded by a registration fee paid by all students.
ALL is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose members share a common interest in learning new skills and intellectual stimulation. The Academy courses are open to everyone. This past semester 139 students took part in 31 different courses, many of which are held at the Eastern Shore Community College while others are held throughout the community.