Mark Layden, a 2015 Sherando High School graduate and second-year student at Lord Fairfax Community College, has been awarded the college’s Ross Fellowship for Service and Scholarship.
Layden, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Thailand and came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old.
The fellowship covers the cost of Layden’s full-time tuition and textbooks for the year, as well as the purchase of a computer. Layden, who aims to earn a doctorate in pharmacy, will also receive a $1,000 stipend upon the successful completion of a year-long service learning project. He was one of 51 applicants for the fellowship.
For his service project, Layden volunteers with both the Salvation Army in Winchester and Royal Haven Nursing Home in Front Royal. At the Salvation Army, he helps in the pantry and will work on the Angel Tree program at Christmas. At the nursing home, he assists staff and residents. He will also shadow a med tech.
The Ross Fellowship springs from a bequest made by World War II veteran Charles Ross. The Front Royal resident left his $1.4 million estate to the LFCC Foundation in 2013.