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Apply Now: Scholarship Opportunity Available to Alexandria Students

2018 recipient Taylor Petteway (middle) receives his award. (Photo courtesy Old Town Alexandria Connections)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Old Town Alexandria Connections (OTAC), a local business networking resource, is offering a scholarship opportunity to high school students in Alexandria. Applications are now being accepted for the Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Eligibility Requirements

Application paperwork lists the following requirements:

1) This scholarship application is open to high school seniors currently enrolled in public or private schools located in Alexandria City or Fairfax County with an Alexandria address.

2) A complete application consists of:

  • Typewritten answers to all questions.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone that is knowledgeable about you, your leadership and/or your community service activities, printed on their letterhead (with their contact information on it);
  • A copy of your most recent high school transcript (student-provided, unofficial transcript is acceptable);
  • Your signature and date at the end of this application (signature can be electronic).
  • The application is considered timely if received by midnight of the application deadline.

Award Details

OTAC has presented the Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship since 2015. The winner will be announced mid-April. OTAC expects the presentation ceremony to be virtual.

For complete details, view the scholarship’s template HERE. The PDF document includes information about an essay question applicants must answer to be considered.

Who Was Peter Williams?

Prior to his 2014 death, Williams was a longtime business attorney, practicing for two decades in Old Town. He served as co-president of OTAC and believed strongly in giving back to the community.  He was a volunteer with various business and civic organizations throughout Alexandria, including leadership positions with the Chamber of Commerce and his church.

Peter Williams, for whom the scholarship is named (Courtesy photo)

Fellow co-president and attorney, Debbie Farson, conceived of the award to recognize high school students who carry on Williams’ way of giving.

Submission Procedure

OTAC instructs applicants to upload their applications and all related materials in PDF format by midnight on March 31. Find the upload link HERE.

To login, use the following credentials:

Username: otacnetworking@gmail.com

Password (case sensitive): OTACScholarship2021

1/26/2021 4:36 p.m.: This story has been updated.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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