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The Sky Alland Scholarship is a full scholarship awarded to a rising fourth-year student who exemplifies the qualities that helped Sky make his mark not just on the world, but on those around him.

Sky Alland Scholarship

The 2023 Recipient
Commitment, Perseverance Win Student-Athlete the Sky Alland Scholarship

Charlottesville, VA — Cavalier women’s soccer midfielder Laughlin Ryan, who turned injury into opportunity, has won the University of Virginia’s prestigious Sky Alland Scholarship.

Despite injuries that kept her off the field, Cavalier women’s soccer midfielder Laughlin Ryan continued to support teammates and fellow athletes during her recovery. Those efforts won her the University’s Sky Alland Scholarship. (UVA Athletics photo)

The award, which covers full tuition and fees for the next academic year, recognizes a rising fourth-year student who demonstrates leadership, achievement, enterprising spirit, humility and devotion to the University.

After a trio of ACL injuries sidelined her from the soccer pitch, Ryan co-founded UNCUT at UVA, which gives student-athletes an outlet to share their stories, challenges and experiences. She has continued to work to rehabilitate her injuries and to inspire her teammates with her perseverance.

An interdisciplinary neuroscience major with a health and wellness minor, Ryan is involved in several other activities, including volunteering for community service through UVA’s Madison House; tutoring in local schools; and as a fellow of Team IMPACT, a national organization that matches children facing serious illnesses and disabilities with college sports teams.

The merit-based Sky Alland award is one of UVA’s most competitive undergraduate scholarships. This year’s six finalists, selected from a large pool of applicants and feted in a dinner in the Rotunda, represented an array of undergraduate study and activities. The scholarship’s alumni selection committee, whose membership includes several past recipients, then chose Ryan.

“Laughlin demonstrates a commitment to excellence, supporting fellow student-athletes across Grounds, as well as making an impact in the greater community, all while excelling academically,” said Ruth Haile, who chairs the Sky Alland Scholarship Endowment. “She represents the ideals of the Sky Alland Scholarship, and we are delighted she is the 2022-23 scholarship recipient.”

The scholarship is named for J. Schuyler Alland, a 1979 graduate of UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce and an entrepreneur who built a successful national marketing research company before his tragic death in 1992.

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“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”