Two William & Mary students--Daniel C. Yates '15, a second-year law student, and Mark R. Moran '14, an undergraduate at the Mason School of Business--were honored as TowneBank's 2013 Alvin P. Anderson Scholars at a reception held on Sept. 12 at the bank's Monticello Avenue office in Williamsburg. Each received a $5,000 scholarship and an inscribed crystal vase. First awarded in 2010, the scholarships honor the contributions of the late Alvin P. Anderson, a 1970 graduate of the College of William & Mary and 1972 graduate of the Law School, who was a managing partner at Kaufman & Canoles.
In his remarks, TowneBank Peninsula and Williamsburg President Brian K. Skinner described Anderson as "a man of great character." Anderson, he added, "loved William & Mary, as everybody knows. He also loved his community, and also loved Betsy [his wife]." Betsy Anderson was also on hand and told the audience how much she enjoyed meeting the scholarship applicants during the application process and gaining a sense of how each embodied her husband's qualities.
"It is not only the scholarship that is involved," she said. "It is the personality, the determination, perseverance...telling a good joke and a good story."
Alvin P. Anderson practiced law at Kaufman & Canoles and was also a member of the firm's Executive Committee until shortly before his death in 2008. His civic contributions during his 36-year legal career were numerous. He served on TowneBank's Hampton Roads, Peninsula, and Williamsburg boards, was a director of the Riverside Healthcare Association, and a director of Hampton Roads Academy. He also was the commissioner in chancery and the commissioner of accounts for the circuit courts of the City of Williamsburg and James City County.
Anderson recieved the William & Mary Alumni Medallion in 1998 in recognition of his professional achievements and outstanding commitment to his alma mater. He also served as a member of the College's Board of Visitors, as a trustee of the Law School Foundation, and as president of the Alumni Association.
Yates, a native of Richmond, Va., graduated magna cum laude from William & Mary, where he majored in government and French and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He served as a student assistant to the William & Mary Board of Visitors and as a resident assistant. At the Law School, he is an H. Stewart Dunn, Jr., Fellow, a staff member of the Bill of Rights Journal, a teaching assistant in the Legal Practice Program, and a member of the Moot Court Team and George Wythe Society. With support from the William & Mary Washington Intern Fund, Yates worked in the Department of Justice during summer 2013. Next summer, he will work in the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders.
Moran, a native of McLean, Va., is a finance and sociology major and was a 2013 recipient of the Provost Award for student-athletes. He is captain of the men's track and field team and president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He also serves as director of the College's Steer Clear Program, a safe-ride program that prevents students from driving under the influence or from traveling alone late at night. He also is on the board of an organization committed to building a school in South Sudan. This past summer, Moran mentored underprivileged youngsters in Washington, D.C.
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