A night of pride and payoff at the scholarship awards dinner

The spring flowers were in full bloom at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Proud families smiled on, as a very special group of high school seniors were honored for achieving academic excellence, even through hardship. Allen & Allen hosted the George E. Allen Academic Scholarship Dinner last week on May 9th, and it was an evening for the books.

George E. Allen Academic Scholarship winners 2023

The reception was followed by a formal dinner, where shareholder (and fourth-generation Allen family member) Scott Fitzgerald delivered a passionate speech about the firm’s founder George E. Allen, his legacy, and his commitment to the community. Then the firm’s president, Edward Allen, honored each recipient with a speech noting their accomplishments.

Scott Fitzgerald

Scott D. Fitzgerald


Each senior went home with a special plaque, a gift bag, and the George E. Allen Academic Scholarship, to bolster them on their journey into college and adulthood. These seniors are athletes, tutors, Honors Society members, scientific researchers, and volunteers, just to name a few. This evening wasn’t just a celebration of their achievements, but the proper sendoff they deserved, for their tenacity when encountering life’s challenges.

Edward L.. Allen

Edward L. Allen

The George E Allen Scholarship was created to honor the firm’s founder, who overcame significant hardship to put himself through college and law school. At age twenty-five he became the youngest Mayor in the history of Lunenburg County and went on to become a Virginia Senator and one of the Commonwealth’s top trial attorneys. He established one of the premier personal injury law firms in the state with his three sons. For more information, visit our Scholarship page.

Scholarship dinner

Congratulations to these very special seniors!

Scholarship dinner reception

Guests mingling at reception

2023 George E. Allen Academic Scholarship dinner

People chatting prior to scholarship dinner