Lillian Waddill

Stamps 1693 Scholar



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Newport News, VA (Hampton Roads Academy)

Why William & Mary

I started the college process at the end of my junior year of high school, and William & Mary was on my radar from the very beginning. After all, the campus was only about half an hour away from my house. This proximity, however, caused me to disregard William & Mary in favor of more foreign colleges, but I still could not ignore the influx of friendly and personal mail from William & Mary. Even before I was a student, the Tribe welcomed me with genuine enthusiasm. This welcome was amplified when I was invited to visit for the 1693 scholarship’s finalist weekend, and it was then that I truly opened my eyes to the possibility of attending William & Mary. Everyone at the weekend, both students and faculty, was so friendly and engaging that I immediately felt a kinship with the school and the people in it. The opportunities I had to explore campus were also invaluable, reminding me that the benefits of the small student body coincide with the beauty of an expansive campus. I finally realized that William & Mary had all of the qualities I sought in a college: attainable opportunities, academic excellence, passionate students, approachable faculty, and aesthetic appeal. After that one enlightening weekend of full exposure to the singularity and acceptance of William & Mary, I had no trouble accepting the Tribe in return.


Classical Studies and English

W&M Activities
  • Student newspaper (copy editor)
  • Consultant for the Writing Resources Center
  • Sharp Seminar with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    • Through this program, students come up with a reporting topic, do research, and conduct interviews over the course of the year under the guidance of a Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalist. The ultimate goal is for each student to produce a full-length article that will be published on the Pulitzer Center website.
  • Women's Ultimate Fribsee Team
    • Vice President
  • Dream Catchers volunteer, a local therapeutic riding center for individuals with special needs (freshman year)
  • Yearbook staff (freshman year)
Summer 2017

I participated in an archaeological field school in Corinth, Greece, where I excavated the ancient harbor site of Lechaion. I learned about archaeological practice and attended lectures on other prominent Hellenic sites and museums that the field school visited.

Summer 2016

I traveled to England for a Fulbright Summer Institute at Durham University. I took a course on “Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages,” which essentially focused on Britain from Roman through medieval times. The class involved history lectures, field trips, and even a week digging at an archaeological site.

High School Activities
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook
  • Volunteer at the Peninsula SPCA
  • HRA Admissions Ambassador
  • Volleyball
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Class Historian
  • Horseback riding
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
  • Two Sister’s Sweet Tooth Bakery co-owner
  • Senior Valedictory Award
  • Hampton Roads Academy Service Award
  • Harvard Book Award
  • Cum Laude Society
  • DAR Good Citizen