James Madison University

Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship

PHOTO: Jonathan DavisEstablished by Martin and Jane Davis in July 1999 in memory of their son Dr. Jonathan Douglas Davis '81, '85, this scholarship provides financial support for a student in a Graduate Psychology program who has a special interest in suicide prevention and suicide awareness. Jon Davis graduated from JMU with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in General Psychology. He earned a Ph.D. from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University in clinical psychology. On July 25, 1997, in his 39th year, Jon took his own life. Five months earlier he had received his Ph.D. His death came as a profound shock to everyone who knew him. Jon suffered from depression. This was known only to his parents and closest friends. Even they did not fully realize the hold it had on this productive, caring, and seemingly happy person who had a great capacity for making and keeping friends. He worked in a variety of helping jobs, including counseling, therapy, psychological testing, and even driving a taxi. He worked in hospitals and other organizations in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Staunton. His final job was working with chemical abusers in the Bronx.

This scholarship is given to support a graduate student in psychology with a special interest in suicide awareness or suicide prevention. To qualify you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking student in one of the programs of the Department of Graduate Psychology at JMU.
  • Be enrolled full time.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in suicide prevention through training, research or practice
  • Have a graduate GPA of at least 3.5 and be making good progress in your program

To apply, submit a typed, double-spaced, personal statement, between 3 and 5 pages long, describing your past experiences, current interests, and future plans in training, research or practice in suicide awareness or prevention. Applications should be submitted by Monday March 31st. Address your submission to Head, Department of Graduate Psychology.

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