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How to Submit Your Work

The $1,000 Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design is open to all returning full- or part-time James Madison University undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.*

The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship invites written- and/or design-based submissions produced for academic and/or non-academic purposes. Your submission must engage one or more of the following concerns:

  • educate audiences through a civic purpose,
  • promote empathy rather than derision, and/or
  • seek to encourage populations who feel unrecognized or misunderstood

Include a cover letter as part of your submission. Your cover letter should offer contact information (including your year in school and major) and should focus on helping readers to understand how your submission engages the scholarship criteria and reflects the spirit of Whitten Maher. Check out the pages on this site for more information.

Send your submission to You can attach your submission as a .doc or .pdf file, a video file, a link to online material, or you can use other accessible formats. Please attach your cover letter in a separate .doc or .pdf file.


Congratulations to Michael Dolzer and Sarah Beidleman

2016-2017 Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship for Writing and Design



* The Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship is open to all current JMU undergraduate students who will remain enrolled as JMU undergraduate students in the following Fall semester (when the scholarship will be applied to tuition). The WMMS Selection Committee can consider only one piece from any student in any academic year.

* Scholarship recipients are announced in early April and are honored at an awards ceremony later in the Spring semester.

Questions? Direct inquiries to WMMS committee chair Kevin Jefferson (

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