Congratulations to senior Thomas Lala, the recipient of this year's The Troy M. Vance '85 Endowed Scholarship.
This scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who resembles Troy in that he excels in sports and academics and exemplifies what it means to be a Man for Others.
During his four years at Loyola, Troy was a member of The National Honor Society, played three years of varsity football and lacrosse, having been a co-captain of both sports, and was active in community projects and service. At graduation, Troy was awarded the Scholar-Athlete, Doctor Ford Loker Medal. He then went on to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1989 from the Wharton School of Business. Troy also played and lettered in four years of Penn lacrosse. In 2014, he was inducted into Loyola Blakeﬁeld’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1993, Troy was struck and killed by an impaired driver. Shortly after his death, his Loyola classmates and close friends raised enough funds to have a memorial fountain built and installed in front of Knott Hall. These same friends and classmates then raised enough money to start a scholarship in Troy’s name and in his memory.