In 2007 Joshua Lovell received the John B. & Frances H. Harmon Family Scholarship for Men. This endowment was established in December 2000 with a gift from Margaret F. Harmon to support an academically distinguished male graduate student preferably in guidance and counseling. Josh is a 2004 graduate with a B.A. in Religion. He returned to his alma mater to pursue a master's degree in Counseling. He now serves as a School Counselor in the Augusta County Public Schools at Fort Defiance High School.
"I worked from August 2008 - June 2010 as a school counselor for the Baltimore County Public Schools at Southwest Academy. Since August 2010, I have been a school counselor for the Augusta County Public Schools at Fort Defiance High School," he said.
"As for the impact that The Harmon Family Scholarship for Men had, it was an integral part of the financial package allowing me to successfully complete the school counseling program at W&M. Without Ms. Harmon's generosity, I would have been forced to take out more student loans and thus been more financially constricted. Since graduating, I have been able to work in the career field of my choosing and consider next steps, such as the pursuit of a doctoral degree, without being hamstrung by financial commitments."
Josh was the student speaker for the 2008 Commencement ceremony. Read the speech.
In his speech he addressed the sense of community that he experienced at William and Mary. "I have lived in Williamsburg for seven years and have been a part of the William and Mary family for eight. I lived, breathed and bled green and gold for four years as an undergraduate. I left for a year and then came back and upon my return I had the opportunity to work for the College and my love for William and Mary only grew. And for two years now I have been blessed to work in this place in preparation for the career that inspires me."