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Scholarships & Awards

Linda Marie Hall Mahorney Scholarship

Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be full-time student that has declared therapeutic recreation as their major at Longwood University, and achieved a 3.0 or better.
  • Provide evidence of campus involvement and/or Therapeutic Recreation [TRO].
  • Demonstrate professional attributes such as commitment to the profession, dependability, and responsibility.
  • Submit with application a one page essay addressing the following:
    • What attributes do you believe you have in working in the TR Field?
    • What experiences have you had that will enable you to work with people in TR?
    • You may add any other information that would best represent you in our decision.

Important Dates:

  • Applications are to be submitted to the Therapeutic Recreation Program Director (Dr. Koesler, 110 Willett) by February 15.
  • Faculty review of applications and selection will be completed by February 25.

The financial reward will be credited to the recipient's Longwood account.


Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award

In April of 2006, the Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award was presented for the first time, honoring the memory of and memorializing the former Longwood senior associate director of admissions who died April 14, 2005. The award recognizes a student-athlete who exhibits exemplary performance academically, in intercollegiate competition, and in community service. The initial winner is junior field hockey defender Katie Murphy/Virginia Beach (Princess Anne), also President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

James M. Yarbrough (1957-2005)

As a Longwood University student, Jimmy Yarbrough was a high-scoring guard on the first two men's basketball teams. Later, as senior associate director of admissions, he worked to find scholarship money so that high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds could attend Longwood. Thus, it's only appropriate that one of Longwood's most popular employees, who died April 14, 2005, is being memorialized with a new award for student-athletes that will honor his memory.

The Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award, initiated by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, recognizes a student-athlete who exhibits exemplary performance academically, in intercollegiate competition, and in service to the community. Yarbrough played basketball at Longwood for two years (1976-77 and 1977-78) and still holds the single-game scoring record (46 points) and record for field goals (16) in a game while ranking third in career scoring average (19.5). Yarbrough, a Longwood alumnus (B.S. '82, M.S. '96), died after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for eight years. He had worked in the admissions office since 1989 and had developed a devoted following among high school students for his legendary skill as a speaker. Yarbrough is survived by his wife, Allie, and three children: Neal, Jason, and Anne.