James Madison University

LeAnn Whitlock Memorial Scholarship

This award recognizes distinguished academic performance and service to the university by a minority student whose talents skills, and abilities enable them to enrich the JMU community. The scholarship was initiated by the Theta Nu Chapter of the Zeta Pi Beta Sorority, in honor of psychology major LeAnn Whitlock, a student at James Madison University from Roanoke, Virginia who was abducted from the Valley Mall in Harrisonburg and murdered on January 5, 1990. The scholarship has been enabled through generous contributions of LeAnn's family and friends, psychology faculty, several sororities, and matching corporate funding.

You can contribute to this scholarship fund by making a donation online. When making a donation, use the "Gift Designation: Other" field to specify LeAnn Whitlock Scholarship (Account: 25887).

2017 Award Recipient

Zuby Okafor

PHOTO: Daroon Jalil
  • Serves as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Dyche in the Sleep and Actigraphy Lab studying the effects of sleep in decision making.
  •  He serves as a Psychology Peer Advisor.
  • Serves as the Psychology Peer Advising Symposium Coordinator.
  • Has assisted with JMU Open Houses and Choices as a representative of the Psychology Department.
  • Worked on the Gus Bus and served as an ESL tutor.


2016 Award Recipient

Daroon Jalil

PHOTO: Daroon Jalil

Daroon is a Junior Psychology major earning a minor in Non-Teaching Exceptional Education.  She has worked as the Diversity Educator for JMU’s Center for Multicultural Student Services since the fall of 2014.  She also worked as a summer camp counselor for EMU’s Interfaith Peace Camp and the JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Camp.  Her volunteer activities include mentoring and tutoring students at Kiester Elementary School.  Daroon excels academically while also having served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox’s biopsychology course and conducting research in the labs of Dr. Vivien Chan and Dr. Jeff Dyche.  She has prepared IRB proposals, analyzed data, edited manuscripts, and co-authored research presented at the national and regional level.  Daroon was previously awarded the Junior Award for Distinguished Service, has earned recognition on the President’s list for 5 consecutive semesters, is a Centennial Scholar, and Psi Chi member.