Spring 1997

Alumni News
Alumni Association Awards Seven Scholarships

The JMU Alumni Association has awarded seven scholarships for 1996-97 to support the mission of the university and the education of students. The association supports eight JMU Alumni Legacy Scholarships and five alumni chapter scholarships.

Each year, the association offers two Alumni Legacy Scholarships to incoming freshmen whose mother, father or sibling has attended JMU. Because the scholarship is renewable as long as the student remains in good standing at JMU, the alumni association supports eight legacy scholarships at any one time.

"The alumni association is committed to playing a significant role in the education of our students. The legacy scholarship program allows us to do that by recognizing the relationship between today's students and their family members who also attended the university," says Geoff Polglase ('85), director of alumni relations. "The increasing numbers of students who are following their families to JMU is an important tradition to foster and build upon."

In addition to the legacy scholarships, five alumni chapters also offer scholarships.

"We are especially pleased with the growth of our chapter scholarship program as a way to connect our alumni and students," remarks Joyce Lee ('88), alumni chapter coordinator.

After several years of raising funds through special events, for the first time the Metro-Washington chapter has awarded its scholarship. The chapters establish their own application process and criteria, approved by the alumni board of directors, and choose the recipient.

"What makes this special is that the chapters support students from their geographic areas. It extends the reach and goodwill of JMU beyond Harrisonburg. Our chapters welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to the education of a student," Lee says.

The 1996-97 JMU Alumni Association scholarship recipients are:

Alumni Legacy
Thomas John Fuller, Freshman
Computer Information Systems
Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Patrick Bedall, Junior
Media Arts and Design,
with a concentration in telecommunications
Hometown: Staunton, Va.

Metro Washington Chapter
Jason Heiserman, Senior
Speech Communication
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.

Richmond Alumni Chapter
Cory Gasaway, Senior
Computer Information Systems
Hometown: Colonial Heights, Va.

Tidewater Alumni chapter
Katie Etter, Freshman
Health Sciences
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.

New Jersey/New York Metro Chapter
Melissa Barbera, Junior
Political Science
Hometown: Westwood, N.J.

Black Alumni Chapter
Kathleen Gallivan, Junior
Modern Foreign Language
Hometown: Woodville, Va.

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