James Madison University

Jonathan Davis Scholars

This scholarship is given to support a graduate student in psychology with a special interest in suicide awareness or suicide prevention.

We are proud to introduce the two 2018-19 scholarship recipients:

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith
School Psychology

"I am incredibly appreciative of the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship and what it stands for. It is imperative that we keep suicide prevention relevant and visible. Research and evidence based practice are of vital importance when working with students experiencing suicidal ideation and/or PTSD, as is the compassion and consistency we bring to our work with children. Over the next year I plan to begin establishing myself as a trauma informed school psychologist and to carry out my thesis research on inter-professional collaboration for children in foster care. I plan to use my personal, work, and learning experiences to instill hope and to help children experiencing PTSD and suicidal ideation. The scholarship will allow me to focus my energy on my internship and research, and will serve as a reminder of the importance of awareness, prevention, and postvention."

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Charles Shepard
Counseling and Supervision

"It is a great honor to be selected as a Jonathan Davis Scholar. Since 2008, I have worked with individuals and families dealing with the impact of chronic and/or acute trauma. I came to James Madison University to work on a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision in order to hone my counseling skills and to better prepare to be an educator and trainer of the next generation of professional counselors. The Jonathan Davis Scholarship has enabled me to focus on these goals as well as to explore another passion of mine: developing allies for LGBTQ clients among counselors of religious faith. At present, suicide rates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and young adults are alarmingly higher than their straight, cis-gender counterparts. Often, suicidality correlates strongly with religiously based homonegativity and transnegativity. I hope to contribute to the field of professional counseling through research and scholarship aimed at resolving conflicts between religious and professional ethics and improving the prevention of suicide and victimization for LGBTQ people."

Past Recipients

Sarah Stout

2017-18
Sarah
Stout

Agnes  Carbrey

2016-17
Agnes
Carbrey

Anne Metz

2016-17
Anne
Metz

Pierre Durant

2015-16
Pierre
Durant

Maranda VanDyke

2014-15
Maranda
VanDyke

Thomas Field

2013-14
Thomas
Field

Kelsey  Cutchins

2012-13
Kelsey
Cutchins

Heather Merner

2011-12
Heather
Merner

Lisa Ellison

2010-11
Lisa
Ellison

Jessica Dawn Aaron

2009-10
Jessica Dawn
Aaron

Andrea Falzone

2008-09
Andrea
Falzone

Lucas McKittrick

2007-08
Lucas
McKittrick

Julie Munson

2006-07
Julie
Munson

Deb Lung

2005-2006
Deb
Lung

Stacy Sobotka

2004-05
Stacy
Sobotka

Salmaan Khawaj

2003-04
Salmaan
Khawaj

Antoinnette Profitt

2002-03
Antoinnette
Profitt

Rachel Heberle

2001-02
Rachel
Heberle

Stephanie Hostetter

2000-01
Stephanie
Hostetter