The Witherspoon Scholarship is an endowed scholarship made possible by the generous donation of Margaret E. and Douglas F. Witherspoon whose daughters, Laura ('12) and Catherine ('17) were members of the JMU Honors College.

Each summer, one scholarship of $4,700 will be available for a student who seeks to complete an immersive summer research experience with a mentor, on- or off-campus. The student can be assisting with an ongoing faculty project as long as the student has ample opportunity for growth and development. The funding is designed to directly support student expenses, including (but not limited to) summer living expenses, research costs, travel, stipend, etc.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Good standing in the Honors College 
  • Completing first or second year at James Madison University.
  • Demonstrated strong interest and desire to study within the field of research or scholarly activity proposed by a faculty member.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 1 summer credit (students may enroll in 1 Honors credit for the summer if needed; they may use part of the Witherspoon to cover this credit).

Awards will rotate: a three-year period is required before awards can be made again to students engaged in research or scholarly activity in a particular college.

Apply for the Witherspoon Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Apply for the Witherspoon Scholarship via the Madison Scholarships Hub. In addition to the standard Hub application, be prepared to upload the following application materials:

  • A a detailed project proposal (750-1000 words). 
  • One letter of recommendation or letter of support from a mentoring teacher or professor. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Felix Wang at

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