Nancy Stoyer with her parents Ernest and Verla Hannink upon earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry, May 1995.
Longtime Livermore resident Nancy Stoyer, Ph.D. has a passion for supporting local students. She serves on the board of the Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation, tutors Livermore High School students in math and science on Wednesdays, and visits classrooms to share her experience of collaborating with other scientists to discover a number of elements, including element 116 livermorium (Lv). She has recently added funding scholarships to this long list of activities.
In honor of her parents, Nancy has funded two scholarships to be awarded by the Pedrozzi Foundation to local students this spring. Nancy grew up in the California central valley where her family farmed their own 15-acres. Her father also worked in the dairy industry, and her mother worked at a pre-school. So in their memory, Nancy funded the $6,000 Ernest Hannink Undergraduate Scholarship to be awarded to a local student pursuing a degree in the agricultural field and the $6,000 Verla Hannink Undergraduate Scholarship to be awarded to a student working towards a degree in early childhood education. “Daddy died shortly after I earned my graduate degree in 1985, and Mom died last summer. I can think of no better way to honor both of them other than funding these two scholarships. It will be fun to meet the two recipients selected from this year’s Pedrozzi Scholarship applicants,” shares Stoyer.