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School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication

Application procedures may vary.  For additional information or application procedures, contact the department or visit their website: http://www.jmu.edu/wrtc/index.html

Write of Passage Scholarship for the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

 Criteria:
     Need Based? Yes
     Freshman Only? No
 History:
Established with a gift from Ashley Lusk '06 to create a new scholarship, to be known as the Write of Passage Scholarship for the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communications. The Donor directs: (a) that this scholarship shall provide financial resources annually to one student enrolled in the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication; (b) that candidates for this scholarship must demonstrate a need for financial assistance, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships; and, (c) that the selection of this scholarship's recipient shall be made each year in a manner determined at the discretion of the director for the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. Beyond the above criteria, the appointment of a student to receive this scholarship shall follow the University's guidelines for the awarding of scholarships.
 
Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Writing and Design
 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 History:

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship Endowment was founded to honor the life of James Madison University (JMU) alum, Whitten Maher, whose death on December 20, 2012 prematurely ended the great potential that many recognized in his writing and designs. Mr. Maher had a gift for inspiring a sense of hope grounded in good reason. While a student at JMU, he worked as the Design Editor and as a Senior Writer/Columnist for The Breeze. He also won awards from the Virginia Press Association for his designs and writing, including praise for an opinion column he penned called Gadfly that was admired for “putting a local face on topics with national importance.”  Mr. Maher double-majored in Political Science and Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication.  At the time of his death, he was employed as the Communications Associate for Demos: Ideas & Action, a non-profit think-tank in Manhattan. The purpose of the Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship is to acknowledge and support undergraduate works that convey a similar compassion, intensity and well-informed reason. Such text or design-based work will aim to educate and respectfully engage audiences, to promote empathy rather than derision, and seek to encourage those who feel unrecognized or misunderstood.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

•  be currently enrolled in either full or part-time undergraduate studies in any academic discipline

•  have created an outstanding written composition and/or design that does at least one of the following:

  1. educates audiences through a civic purpose promotes empathy rather than derision,
  2. and seeks to encourage populations who feel unrecognized or misunderstood 

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship is not renewable and once a student has been awarded this scholarship they are not eligible to receive it again. Beyond the above criteria, the appointment of students to receive this scholarship shall follow the university’s guidelines for the awarding of scholarships.

 

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  Contact Information:
   Warren Hall
   MSC 3519
   Harrisonburg, VA 22807
   540-568-7820 (phone) 
   540-568-7994 (fax)
   scholarships@jmu.edu
  

Susan K. Moyers
Associate Director for Grants & Scholarships
Email: moyerssk@jmu.edu   

 

Steven Cox

Assistant Director for Scholarships

Email: coxsn@jmu.edu

 

Vivian Ferris
Scholarship Coordinator

Email: ferrisvl@jmu.edu