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Charlottesville, VA, April 21, 2016 2016 Winner

The Sky Alland Scholarship Committee has awarded its 22nd annual scholarship at the University of Virginia to Michelle (Faby) Chaillo. Sidelined from a promising tennis career by injuries and multiple surgeries, Chaillo turned her considerable energy to other leadership and business activities.  Next year, she will serve as President of the Commerce School Council as she pursues a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Business.

“Faby was tennis, and tennis was Faby,” is how Chaillo describes her life prior to her injuries. She is a two-time Virginia State Champion (2009, 2012), and the United States Tennis Association ranked her No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 18 in the United States. She was forced to take last year off from her studies for multiple surgeries and used part of her time away from UVA to work with Coulter Companies in McLean, Virginia.  Also fluent in French and Spanish, Faby was given extraordinary responsibility for a Chanel Fashion Leadership Meeting in New York City.

On Grounds, Faby serves as the Special Events Chair of the Hoo Crew and as a member of Class Council. She helped spearhead the Movember fundraiser to raise money for and awareness about men’s health issues at UVA, and is also an enthusiastic volunteer with Special Olympics.  In her spare time, she is working on the development of a music-based social media app.

The Sky Alland Scholarship is one of the most competitive undergraduate scholarships at the University. This merit-based scholarship is awarded to the third-year undergraduate student who best exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, achievement, enterprising spirit, humility and devotion to the University.  The award is named for J. Schuyler Alland, a 1979 graduate of the McIntire School and entrepreneur who built a successful national marketing research company before he was killed during a carjacking in 1992.

“This is not a Sky look-alike competition,” said Kent Sullivan, chairman of the Sky Alland Scholarship Endowment. “Over the years our winners and finalists have represented a great diversity of leadership roles, activities and backgrounds.  Enterprising spirit can take many forms.”

Nominations for the Sky Alland Scholarship were submitted throughout the fall and in January. A committee of nine fourth-year student leaders appointed by Dean of Students Allen Groves reviewed the nominations to assist in the selection of six finalists. Those finalists were guests of honor at a dinner in the Jefferson Room at Farmington Country Club, followed by interviews with the Sky Alland Scholarship Committee the next day. The Sky Alland Scholarship Committee consists of University alumni, several of whom are past winners of the award.

For further information, go to www.SkyScholarship.com or contact:

Molly Bass

Director, Scholarships and Endowments

UVA Alumni Association


(434) 243-9000

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