Notice: The Adams Center will accept submissions for the 2018 "Not for Fame or Reward" scholarship until 1600 hours, Friday, April 6, 2018.

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis is pleased to announce a $2,500.00 scholarship for a VMI cadet during the 2018–19 academic year. The Adams Center will present the “Not for Fame or Reward” scholarship to the cadet who writes the best essay on the life, death, and memorialization of a former VMI cadet killed during World War II. (See attached list of 185 VMI Dead

The scholarship is funded through an endowment created by the late Albert Z. Conner, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA, history, 1966) and Georgetown University (MA, government, 1981). He served in the U.S. Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Central Intelligence Agency—and worked as a member of the Adams Center advisory board for over a decade. The name of the scholarship is derived from Conner’s scholarly project entitled “Not for Fame or Reward: VMI’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors.”

The scholarship encourages cadets to explore VMI history through primary sources at the VMI Archives and George C. Marshall Research Library. Cadets from all majors are encouraged to enter the contest. It is suggested that cadets begin research at the VMI Archives ( in J.T.L Preston Library.

Prize: $2,500.00 scholarship toward tuition, room, board, or fees during the 2018–19 session.

Eligibility: All second, third, and fourth class cadets. The contest winner must be enrolled at VMI during the 2018–19 session to receive the scholarship.

Essay Requirements: Papers submitted for consideration must be an original historical research projects undertaken by the cadet. The essay should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages. Submissions can be produced as a work-for-grade assignment in a course at VMI, or as an independent research project. Essays must employ primary source material, such as archival documents located at the Marshall Library, Preston Library, or other repository. All papers must include footnotes or endnotes to indicate the location of the cited source material. Cadets should consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for guidance regarding the format of their submissions. All interested cadets are invited to consult with Adams Center director Bradley Coleman during the research and writing phases of the exercise.

Submission Procedure: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by 16 March 2018, the Friday before Spring Furlough. Please deliver your essay as a Microsoft Word document. A panel of judges from the Department of History will review all papers. The Adams Center director will announce the winner in early May 2018.

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Questions to:

Lieutenant Colonel Bradley Lynn Coleman, Ph.D.
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


Major David Sigler
Deputy Director of Financial Aid
302 Carroll Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
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