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The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship
for Writing and Design

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design honors the life of James Madison University alumnus Whitten Maher, whose premature death on December 20, 2012, ended a promising future in writing and design.

A double major in Political Science and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Maher shared his gift for inspiring a sense of hope grounded in good reason through his work as the Design Editor and Senior Writer/Columnist for James Madison University's student newspaper, The Breeze.

Maher won awards from the Virginia Press Association for his designs and writing, including an opinion column called “Gadfly” that was praised for “putting a local face on topics with national importance.” At the time of his death, Maher was employed as Communications Associate for Demos: Ideas & Action, a Manhattan-based non-profit public policy organization.

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design was established to acknowledge and support undergraduate work that conveys the compassion, intensity, and well-informed reason of its namesake.

Such text or design-based work aims to educate and respectfully engage audiences, promote empathy rather than derision, and encourage populations who feel unrecognized or misunderstood.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 (applied to the following year’s tuition) and are honored at an awards reception during the Spring semester.

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Congratulations to Michael Dolzer and Sarah Beidleman

2016-2017 Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design

Recipients

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The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship, administered by The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, is a JMU Foundation Scholarship open to all JMU undergraduates in all JMU disciplines. To give to the Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship, visit the JMU Foundation website and the JMU Foundation's Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship page.  

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