Scholarship Overview

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, which 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 work that conveys a similar compassion, intensity and well-informed reason.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

• be currently enrolled in either full or part-time undergraduate studies in any academic discipline with continued enrollment in the following fall semester.

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

  1. educate audiences through a civic purpose
  2. promote empathy rather than derision
  3. seek to encourage those 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.

Need Based

Eligibility Criteria
Freshmen   Sophomore   Junior   Senior  

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