Front row, L-R:; Taylor Petteway, scholarship winner; Veronica Araujo, scholarship winner; Alicia Mejia, mother of Veronica Araujo. Back rows: OTAC Members (Courtesy Photo)

T. C. Williams High School Senior Veronica Araujo and West Potomac High School Senior Taylor Pettewayboth scholastically exceptional studentseach was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the fourth annual Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship ceremony, during Old Town Alexandria Connections’ April 25 luncheon meeting at Belle Haven Country Club. They attended the ceremony with their mothers, Alicia Mejia and Tammie Capers, respectively. 

The Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship (selection committee chaired this year by OTAC Member Ed Warren of P.B. Mares), was established by OTAC in 2015 to honor the memory and contributions of the late Peter Williams, past OTAC President, and to further his legacy of responsible business practices and service to others. 

Veronica will be attending Northern Virginia Community College this fall and later transfer to either Syracuse University or Virginia Commonwealth University to complete her degree in forensic science.  A member of the National Honor Society, Veronica has been active in Future  Agents in Training, Meals on Wheels, Best Buddies, the Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the preservation of Oronoco Bay Park. 

Taylor plans to attend Old Dominion University this fall to major in political science. Included among her many extracurricular, athletic and volunteer activities are Angel Tree, National Rebuilding Day (Rebuilding Together Alexandria), Best Buddies, and The Clothesline Project.