Willis Taylor ‘11 receives the Nelson Award

Dean Spencer Niles presents the Nelson Award to Will TaylorWill Taylor is the 2014 recipient of the Frances H. and Robert O. Nelson Memorial Scholarship. From Sheridan, Arkansas Will is in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership - Higher Education program to receive a master’s degree. Will earned his B.A. in History and Global Studies: Middle Eastern Studies, at W&M in 2011.

As an undergraduate he was a member of the Wind Symphony, Pep Band, and Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, as well as a brother of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His research has included intercultural competence through study abroad, the history of study abroad at W&M, comparative attitudes towards international education, and international partnerships. Prior to his master’s program he was a Learning Specialist at Tallahassee Community College.  He is currently a Graduate Assistant in the Global Education Office at the W&M Reves Center for International Studies.

He hopes to pursue a career in the field of study abroad with long range plans to direct a global education office.

“I love W&M's commitment to teaching and learning, its strong sense of community, and its beautiful and historic campus,” he said. “I appreciate this generous scholarship because it will help cover my travel expenses next year, as I am assisting with the 2015 Higher Ed Global Studies trip to South Africa.”

In 1990, Mrs. Nancy Nelson Diggs, the daughter of Frances H. and Robert O. Nelson, established a scholarship in honor of her father and mother in order to provide financial assistance to deserving students in the School of Education who are pursuing careers in either teaching or educational administration in elementary and secondary education, and who embody the qualities of professional competence, commitment to education, and love of teaching and learning, that epitomized the lives of both Dr. and Mrs. Nelson.