Betty Ross Scholarship

Academy for Lifetime Learning

Betty Ross Scholarships

Each year the Academy for Lifetime Learning (A.L.L.) provides scholarships to help graduating students on the Eastern Shore of Virginia continue their education at a community college or university.  In honor of the founder of The Academy for Lifetime Learning, who spent her career in nursing and who passed away in 2014, these scholarships have collectively been named the Betty Ross Academy for Lifetime Learning Scholarship.  All of the scholarships are to be used to defray college expenses.

The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year.  In recognition of Betty Ross’s importance to our organization, one of them is reserved for a student entering a two- or four-year nursing program.  The others are available to students beginning a program in any discipline at a two- or four-year college or university in the fall. 

2023 Betty Ross Scholarship Winners

Academy for Lifetime Learning Board President MaryKay Mulligan (center) awarded $1500 scholarsiips to Angel Bailey (left) and Zy’Re’lon Jackson (right) at the Academy’s annual board meeting and scholarship presentation ceremony.  A third scholarship was awarded to Kate Dunkle, who was unable to attend the presentation program.

For 2023, The Academy for Lifetime Learning awarded $1500 scholarships to three Eastern Shore of Virginia high school graduates. Angel Bailey, daughter of Angie Bailey of Painter, graduated from Nandua High School and will attend Norfolk State University. She plans to study Pre-Nursing/Nursing. Angel was an honors member of Beta Club and T.H. Badger Health Occupation Student Association and earned certificates as a Nurse-Aide and a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her community service activities included her church’s media ministry, Beta Club, and FCCLA Club, as well as participation in various projects at the Historic Onancock School, Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, and Nandua High School.  Zy’Re’lon Jackson. the son of Sheikesha Strand of Painter, also graduated from Nandua High School and will attend James Madison University, where he plans to study architecture.  While in high school, Zy’Re’lon played basketball, was captain of the varsity football team, and participated in ballet. He is also an entrepreneur who runs both a pressure washing business and a custom t-shirt business. Kate Dunkle, daughter of Valerie Dunkle of Exmore, graduated from Broadwater Academy as an honors student and plans to attend the University of Virginia as an architecture major. At Broadwater, Kate, a puzzle enthusiast, participated in varsity track and field and in theater, as well as serving as a piano and violin accompanist for high school productions. She was also involved in a number of other musical endeavors including Orchestra of the Eastern Shore, Delaware All-State Orchestra, and various ensemble groups



The Academy for Lifetime Learning of the Eastern Shore of Virginia is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Members share a common interest in continuing learning experiences and intellectual stimulation.

Past Winners of the Betty Ross Academy for Lifetime Learning Scholarship

Hailey Sturgis, Broadwater Academy
Hannah Bradford, Home Schooled
Angelina Joynes, Nandua High School

Emma Faith, Chincoteague HS
Ethan Elliott, Nandua HS
Mahika Patel, Broadwater Academy

McKenzie Mabalot, Broadwater Academy
Virginia Ross, Broadwater Academy
Taylee Thomas, Chincoteague HS

Briana Hess, Chincoteague HS

Brian Drummond, Broadwater Academy
William Hollandsworth, Nandua HS
Wendy Lin, Northampton HS

Stephanie Rasinski, Arcadia HS
Hayley Marshall, Northampton HS
Kanijah Brickhouse, Northampton HS

Tanner Troyer, Nandua High School

Durwood Moore, Arcadia HS
Luke Betts, Chincoteague HS

Caroline Hiler, Northampton HS
Nicolas Dias, ESCC and Nandua HS
James Teeling, Northampton HS

Madhurima (Rima) Hore, Northampton HS
Charlotte Olmstead, Nandua HS, (summer @ startup SW company)

Courtney Brittingham, Northampton
Logan Holland, Broadwater
Kelsey Bisker, Northampton

A.L.L. Mailing Address

The Academy for Lifetime Learning
P.O. Box 509
Exmore, VA 23350