This scholarship was established in memory of M. Louise Whitman by the Virginia Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. Ms. Whitman graduated from JMU (’51) with dual Bachelor degrees in English and Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Sociology (’60). She was an educator in Herndon, VA and served the BPW Foundation at the local, state and national levels in several appointed positions. The award recognizes exceptional students who intend to carry their study of gender equity into the professional fields.


  • Have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the financial aid office by the application deadline
  • Be officially enrolled with the Registrar’s Office as a minor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Be a rising Junior or Senior at James Madison University
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Have a minimum 3.2 GPA

Amount of Award

For the 2017-18 academic year, the value of the M. Louise Whitman scholarship is $7,100. The annual award may be divided into as many as three separate awards at the discretion of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board.

To Apply

  1. Email Emily Neighbors to receive a digital copy of the application form.
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty member. Your recommendation letter must arrive in a sealed envelope with preparer’s signature across the back flap.
  3. Place your completed application form (including original signatures) and sealed letter of recommendation in ONE envelope and mail or hand deliver (Moody Hall, Room 102) to the following address by Friday, April 21, 2017:

    The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
    MSC 1206 | 90 Bluestone Drive
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Notification of Applicants

Scholarship recipients will receive notification of their selection by the end of April. All applicants will receive a response from the selection committee.


Louise WhitmanMargaret Louise Whitman (1929 - 1996)

Ms. Whitman was a native born Virginian and lived in Purcellville. She received dual Bachelor degrees in English and Secondary Education (’51), and a Master’s degree in Sociology (’60) from JMU.

In addition to teaching history and psychology at Herndon High School for 27 years and chairing the Social Studies Department, Ms. Whitman joined Loudoun Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) in 1957 and was a dedicated and active member of the Loudoun, Virginia and National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. She served Loudoun BPW in various positions including President in 1965-1966.  She served on the district level in several positions and as District VII Director. For the state Federation she served as Corresponding Secretary, World Affairs Chairman, Civic Participation Chairman, Nettie Tucker Yowell Scholarship Chairman, Delegate-at-Large to national convention, Parliamentarian, Second Vice President, First Vice President, President-Elect, President 1975-1976 and Executive Director for five years, traveling weekly to Charlottesville, where the state office was located.  Ms. Whitman served the National BPW in several appointed positions including Foundation Committee Chairman, member of the Scholarship Committee, and Chair of registration and credentials for national convention.

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