Alexis Payne

Murray 1693 ScholarAlexis


Ashburn, VA (Broad Run High School)

Why William & Mary

I went through the typical motions of the college selection process – reading through glossy pamphlet statistics, researching departments, and taking a few tours – but aside from excellent academics, I could never pinpoint what exactly I was looking for. I found an equal surface-level appeal in attending universities located in bustling cities or small rural towns. During the whirlwind of decisions and interviews, the words of a guest speaker at a different scholarship event actually stuck with me in particular: “Regardless of where you end up, you’ll want a supportive environment, to surround yourself with people who truly care about your wellbeing and success.” The rich history, dedication to undergraduate research and learning, quirky sense of humor and beautiful campus are reason enough to choose William and Mary on paper, but when I set foot on campus during the 1693 interview weekend, I saw firsthand how invested professors were in the success of their students, and how unapologetically passionate students were about pursuing their interests, not only in their respective fields, but as a whole. When I received my offer, I accepted without hesitation. I knew I had found not only a home and community that I identified with, but also the chance to explore endless possibilities.


Economics major with Mathematics minor

W&M Activities
  • Violinist in W&M Symphony Orchestra
  • Student Assembly Class Senator and Chair of Student Life Committee
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Member of Student Partnership for Aid and International Development
  • Research Assistant for Political Psychology and International Relations (PPIR) Lab (2016-2017)
  • Research Assistant for Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab (2015-2017)
Summer 2018

I worked as an economic policy research assistant to senior level economists at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. I assisted with projects concerning financial economics, housing economics, and macroeconomic modeling. I also had the chance to cover various congressional hearings and think tank lectures. 

Summer 2016

I worked as a business management intern under Northrop Grumman's Enterprise Services & CSO sector. I got to help compile presentations, build reporting tools, process structure requests, and assist with various ad hoc tasks. In addition to gaining knowledge of different business software, I also got to sit in on calls and meetings with top executives in the corporation, which granted me an overhead view of the workings of a global security company.

High School Activities
  • Violinist in the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Section Leader for school orchestra
  • Administrative Captain of Debate Team
  • Co-President of English National Honor Society
  • Historian of Science National Honor Society
  • Executive Board member of Sigma Tau Sigma
  • Soccer
  • NHS
  • Key Club
  • Co-director of Ashburn branch of Take Charge
  • French National Honor Society
  • French Club
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National Achievement Program - Outstanding Participant