Mr. Franklin Tillery grew up in the Hampton, Va. and was interested in shipbuilding from an early age. He served in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Michigan where he studied naval architecture and graduated in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering. Mr. Tillery returned to Virginia to work in the shipbuilding industry, specializing in designing shields for on-board nuclear reactors. Frank married Elizabeth (Betty) Poe in 1956 and the couple had three daughters. Two of his children attended Mary Washington as Regional Scholars. Mr. Tillery was so impressed with their experience, he established a scholarship in 1980 to support other Mary Washington scholars. After his wife's death, Mr. Tillery established a scholarship in her memory. Mr. Tillery died in 2007. His daughter, Sue, is the scholarship representative.