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The 2018 Recipient

HackCville Student Director Wins UVA’s Coveted Sky Alland Scholarship

Charlottesville, VA — Kate McGinn, programs director of HackCville, a student entrepreneurship center, has won the University of Virginia’s prestigious Sky Alland Scholarship.

A third-year student in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce from McLean, Va., McGinn rose to the top of a multistep selection process based on leadership, achievement, enterprising spirit, humility and devotion to the University. The award, which covers the next academic year’s full tuition and fees, recognizes a rising fourth-year (UVA parlance for a rising college senior) who embodies a can-do attitude and bias for action.

McGinn leads a 32-person staff at HackCville, a hub for UVA students pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. HackCville offers student-led programs to develop entrepreneurial skills and nurture start-up ventures, as well as providing a collaborative work space and opportunities for mentoring and travel. As programs director, McGinn oversees 15 semester-long programs for more than 400 students.

The merit-based Sky Alland Scholarship is one of UVA’s most competitive undergraduate awards. A committee of 11 fourth-year students, which Dean of Students Allen Groves appointed and current Sky Alland Scholar Malcolm Stewart led, narrowed applications to six finalists. From that field, the Alland endowment’s selection committee, made up of UVA alumni, including several past Alland award recipients, chose McGinn.

The scholarship is named for J. Schuyler Alland, a 1979 graduate of the Commerce School and entrepreneur who built a successful national marketing research company before he was killed in 1992.

“We are very pleased that Kate will be the 2018-19 Sky Alland Scholar,” said Kent Sullivan, chairman of the Sky Alland Scholarship Endowment. “She will be a great representative for this scholarship and the University community.”

For further information, contact:

Molly Bass
Director, Scholarships and Endowments
UVA Alumni Association
(434) 243-9000


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