The family of a Westfield High School graduate has started a scholarship fund to honor her memory.
William B. Thomasson, of Oak Hill, and Patrice Ficks Thomasson, of Beaverton, Ore., have established and awarded the first college scholarship honoring their daughter, Taylor Erin Thomasson, who died on Nov. 14, 2007.
The scholarship is named the Taylor Erin Thomasson “Education for Life” College Scholarship, and its first recipient has received $7,000.
Thomasson was a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Westfield High School in Chantilly. She had just started her freshman year at Penn State University and was planning to major in Japanese when she died.
Taylor spent three years in the Japanese immersion program at Floris Elementary School, which helped jump-start his daughter's unique fascination with the Japanese language, William Thomasson said.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Quashima Isaac, a senior at Frederick High School in Frederick, Md.
Isaac was selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick County, which awarded this scholarship after being contacted by Sean Masterman, a supporter and donor, and co-worker of William Thomasson.
Masterman, who had established a college scholarship through Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2006, felt that Taylor Thomasson’s family might want to remember her by helping another young person obtain a college education.
William Thomasson said the family “looks to this scholarship fund and Quashima’s achievements as an afterglow of happiness of our beloved Taylor,” and that he is also pursuing opportunities to start a scholarship closer to his home in Northern Virginia.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Taylor Erin Thomasson “Education for Life” College Scholarship may send a donation to 2 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701, or contact the organization at 301-694-9455. Additional information about Big Brothers Big Sisters may be found at www.bbbsfrederick.org.