James Madison University

Thomas E. & Sherry Woodroof Rogowski Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a single student who has a record of exceptional experiences and performance from among her or his peers. The award is made possible by the generous donations of JMU alumni, Thomas E. & Sherry Woodroof Rogowski.

2018 Award Recipient


Lydia Florez

PHOTO: Lydia Florez
  • Has conducted research with Dr. Lindsey Harvell-Bowman on perceptions of death in suicidal individuals and with Dr. David Szwedo on early predictors of juvenile delinquency.
  • Has served as a teaching assistant in Dr. Kala Melchiori’s research methods course. In this role, she led review sessions, proctored exams, and helped with student assessments.
  • Has been involved in service activities at the Arc of Harrisonburg, the Fairfield Mediation Center, and the JMU Counseling Center.
  • Worked with a local after-school program to help improve academic performance in at-risk and low-income middle-school students.
  • Plans to pursue a career that combines psychology and law.

2017 Award Recipient


Kathia Bonilla-Amaya

PHOTO: Kathia Bonilla-Amaya
  • Has served as a research assistant under the Supervision of Dr. Kenneth Critchfield studying Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy.
  • Serves as secretary for the JMU chapter of Psi Chi International Honors Society.
  • Completed an internship at the JMU Counseling Center.
  • Volunteers at Keister Elementary in a Duo-lingo classroom.
  • On-campus coordinator for the Psychology Service Organization.