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.

2018 Award Recipient


Kayla Pitchford

PHOTO: Kayla Pitchford
  • Conducts research with Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan studying the identification of Grit in children’s books.
  • Will begin working with Dr. Szwedo to conduct research in Fall 2018.
  • Has been accepted into the Field Placement program for Fall 2018.

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.