Porter Justice Studies Scholarship

Established with a generous gift by James T. and Marilyn M. Porter to benefit a Justice Studies major.  To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must have a declared major in Justice Studies.  There is no financial need or GPA requirement. One student will be selected annually for this scholarship. The previous award amount was $4,650.

To apply for this scholarship, and other JMU Foundation scholarships, please visit: http://www.jmu.edu/scholarships/

This one application serves as your application for many need-based and merit-based JMU Foundation Scholarships. 

By submitting this application, you will be considered for many other scholarships. Applications are due by March 1st each year. 


Drew C. Richardson Memorial Scholarship in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Drew C. Richardson

Scholarship Application

About Dr. Richardson (1951-2016)

Drew Campbell Richardson received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UNC at Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1973, his Master of Forensic Science (Forensic Toxicology concentration) degree at George Washington University in 1983, and his Ph. D. in Cardiovascular and Autonomic Physiology from GWU in 1991.

For 25 years, Dr. Richardson was a Special Agent of the FBI and a scientist in the FBI

Laboratory.  He was intricately involved with numerous major criminal and terrorist investigations, examined evidence in some 2,000 cases, conducted, published, and/or orally presented (chemistry, toxicology, cardiovascular physiology, psycho-physiological detection of concealed information, etc.) research, and testified as an expert witness in excess of 100 times in federal, state, local and various international courts.  Dr. Richardson headed the FBI Laboratory's chemical/biological response team (HMRU), served as the coordinator for NBC scientific assets at the Atlanta Olympic Games, assisted in the formulation of congressional budget requests for the FBI Laboratory's counter-terrorism needs, and testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.  Dr. Richardson was commended and awarded numerous times over the years for his contributions to these activities.  Dr. Richardson was also a professional consultant, and worked in the private sector both before and after his stellar FBI career.

After retiring from the FBI in 2001 and moving to the Shenandoah Valley shortly thereafter, Dr. Richardson became an adjunct professor at James Madison University, teaching Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice Studies Department, from 2007 to 2014.  Dr. Richardson also taught Forensic Science at Blue Ridge Community College, and was looking forward to returning to teaching in 2017 at Mary Baldwin University.  Dr. Richardson thoroughly enjoyed teaching Forensic Science and Criminal Justice to undergrads, often inviting groups of enthusiastic students to his beautiful estate in the Valley after semester's end for barbeques and firearms instruction, and frequently serving as an academic reference for former students aspiring to careers in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Richardson's sudden passing in 2016 is a loss not only to his family, loved ones, and colleagues, who miss him dearly, but also to the academic community; countless students who would have enjoyed his classes will never know the benefits of his shrewd insight, his vast experience, his brilliant lectures, and his professional encouragement and career advice, which lasted beyond the classroom experience.  The Drew C. Richardson Memorial Scholarship in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice is a lasting tribute to a remarkable man, one that will carry on Drew's legacy of support for dedicated and promising students in his chosen field.  The amount of the award is $1,500.

Other Scholarships

Justice Studies does not offer or endorse any other scholarships.  However, these resources may provide a starting point as students investigate scholarship and financial aid options:

JMU Financial Aid and Scholarships

Hillcrest Scholarships (Honors)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Udall Foundation

Public Policy and International Affairs

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

CastleInk Recycling

Sierra Club Environmental Scholarships

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Open Society Foundations

David E. Whitmire Scholarship Fund

WIFLE Scholarship

Rotary Global Grants

Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

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