Rodney J. Fallon Scholarship Established


Rod FallonRod Fallon had a contagious excitement and passion for life. He always had a beautiful smile on his face, an infectious sense of humor and a positive outlook for the day.

"My dad was our best friend,” says his daughter Meredythe. “Our family is very close knit and we all love each other very much. Unfortunately, my father passed away September 11, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, and in order to honor him, we decided to make a scholarship to help a deserving JMU student in need."

Meredythe, whose family is from the Northern Virginia area, graduated with honors from JMU in May 2012 with a major in Management and a minor in Spanish and Sports and Recreation Management. Her brother Austin is a junior at JMU majoring in Management with a concentration in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Their sister Abby is a freshman at JMU and is planning to follow in Austin and Meredythe’s footsteps.

The Rodney J. Fallon Scholarship at the James Madison University Center for Entrepreneurship will be awarded annually to the JMU student in good standing that submits the most creative, innovative, interesting, viable and exciting business plan in addition to being a man or woman of high morals, good character, and good academic standing. The recipient will be awarded with the scholarship at the JMU Society of Entrepreneurs “You Can Change the World” symposium on April 16th. According to Meredythe, the scholarship will reward, motivate and encourage a young, entrepreneurial thinker to follow his or her dreams. 

Rod was exceptionally inspired by the College of Business at JMU because of its groundbreaking COB 300 course, where students learn how to create a business plan, and the intimate approach to teaching students the fundamentals for succeeding in the real world. Rod was very proud that Meredythe, his oldest daughter, was doing well in this program and we know that he is proud of his children, Austin and Abby, because they are on the same track.

"My Dad really loved JMU and he was so excited that all three of his children would have the chance to attend such an amazing school,” Meredythe says. “My dad used to always visit me at JMU and he loved walking the Quad, eating at Top Dog, walking through the Arboretum, checking out the bookstore, and exploring the JMU campus and surrounding Shenandoah Valley area."

Rod believed in good, old-fashioned hard work and had a passion for innovating and creating new and exciting business ideas. He enjoyed brainstorming and thinking of new inventions and business endeavors. He started an electronic tabletop gaming business in area restaurants that he owned and operated for several years then sold for a profit; as well as, a ‘mystery shopper’ business focusing on customer service and quality control in restaurants. In addition, he was a commercial real estate broker who demonstrated integrity, loyalty, creativity and enthusiasm in his work. For several years, he reached out to the Westfield High School Art Department and personally funded a logo design competition to promote early detection cancer awareness. Furthermore, Rod applied his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm to raising his family and coaching the youth in the community.

Rod had the purpose of living every day to the fullest while reaching out to those in need. Rod loved the scripture from Matthew 25:40 in the Bible; “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” He honored this scripture by making others feel special and wanted, instinctively offering heartfelt and well-considered advice, and by taking an interest in those whom sought a friend or guidance. He liked to see a smile on others’ faces and purposefully strived to bring out the best in people, especially the less fortunate. 

The Fallon family looks forward to rewarding, motivating and encouraging a deserving JMU student with an entrepreneurial spirit through the Rodney J. Fallon scholarship. The goal is to raise $10,000 for a $500 scholarship to be awarded every year for the next 20 years.

If you would like to apply or donate to the Rodney J. Fallon Scholarship at the James Madison University Center for Entrepreneurship, please visit Please contact Carol Hamilton at with any questions.

By Meredythe Fallon 

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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