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Alumni, First Class Eligible for Scholarships

LEXINGTON, Va., March 6, 2013 – The application deadline is near for post-graduate scholarships open both to VMI alumni and to members of the VMI Class of 2013, soon to join the ranks of alumni.

“Many of our cadets do not realize VMI has four different scholarships available for alumni, including graduating 1st Class cadets, to pursue a graduate or professional degree,” said Maj. Meagan Herald, chair of the Graduate Education Subcommittee of the Institute Scholars Selection Committee. “Furthermore, alumni can reapply for these scholarships throughout the duration of their graduate/professional programs.”

Deadline for application for the scholarships is March 15. They are as follows:

The Alfred Dickinson Barksdale ’11 Law Scholarship is for alumni who have already been accepted by an accredited law school, with those demonstrating financial need given preference. This renewable scholarship of approximately $1,000 will be granted by a committee selected by the donors, Judge William W. Sweeney ’49B of Lynchburg, Va., and attorney Michael W. Maupin ’59 of Richmond, Va.

The John E. Woodward ’23 Graduate Scholarship is for both alumni and members of the VMI faculty who have been accepted into a graduate school. Applications favorably considered will be presented to the superintendent, who will make his recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation.

The James C. Wheat, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic excellence and general merit to an alumnus or graduating cadet who shows a mature interest in and dedication to the American free-enterprise system and is earning a master of business administration degree or other advanced degree and plans return to VMI to teach. Priority is given to those alumni attending the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the superintendent based upon the recommendation of the VMI Institute Scholarship Committee.

The William T. Wells, Sr., and William T. Wells, Jr., ’73, Graduate Scholarship in Engineering is intended to provide financial aid to an engineering graduate of VMI who is pursuing graduate study in any academic field, though priority will be given to those enrolled in a graduate engineering program at the Virginia Tech. The scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the superintendent based upon the recommendation of the VMI Institute Scholarship Committee.

For application materials and instructions, contact Herald at Additional information is available online.