Jim Robbins (Col ’81) and Norman Stallings (Col ’71, JD ’74) have served on the Regional Selection Committee in Tampa for more than a decade. Since helping to launch the region in 2009, Jim and Norman have played a key role in helping to attract to the University five Jefferson Scholars, as well as dozens of high-performing students who have chosen to come to U.Va. despite not moving forward in the Jefferson Scholars competition.

“Students in Tampa learn about the University through the Jefferson Scholars Program and they end up coming to U.Va. even when they don’t get the Scholarship. It’s a wonderful opportunity for alumni in Tampa to help build interest in U.Va. among people here,” said Norman.

Norman Stallings, Tampa Regional Selection Committee Member

Katherine King (JS ‘16) emerged from Tampa as the Jefferson Scholar Finalist in 2012 and remains grateful for the Tampa Regional Selection Committee’s willingness to invest their time and philanthropy in the Program. “I had not considered going to U.Va. until I heard about the Jefferson Scholarship through my high school counselor. Meeting the committee members who interviewed me highlighted the emotional connection that U.Va. alumni feel for their school, which was something I had not witnessed anywhere else,” she said.

“We have encouraged selection committee members to make a contribution to the Tampa Jefferson Scholarship on an ongoing basis. We find that alumni are more than willing because they see their support as benefitting both their community and their alma mater. It’s truly a win-win.”

Jim Robbins, Tampa Regional Selection Committee Member

During her time at U.Va., Katherine paid forward their generosity by making a significant mark on the University community. She served as a member of the University Guide Service, Honor Committee, and Judiciary Committee. She also served as a co-curator of TEDxUVA, moderator for Sustained Dialogue, and co-chair of the Colonnade Ball.

“It has been phenomenal over the years having the Jefferson Scholarship available in Tampa. Guidance counselors, parents and students are now aware of U.Va. in a way that they previously were not,” said Norman.

Tampa Region Scholars

Victoria Farris, JS ‘18

Pine View School

Katherine King, JS ‘16

Robinson High School

Taylor Richardson, JS ‘13

Tampa Preparatory School

Katie Taulbee, JS ‘23

Academy of the Holy Names

Emily Vaughan, JS ‘18

Robinson High School



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