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The 2014-2015 Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design was founded to honor 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 & 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 The Breeze. He 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 non-profit public policy organization in Manhattan.

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. The scholarship winner will be awarded $1,000 (applied to the following year’s tuition) and will be honored at an awards reception during the Spring semester.