Chapter 67 of the International Right of Way Association is proud to offer the John C. Donahue Scholarship. John was one of the founding members of our Orange County chapter. In recognition of John’s service to the industry and his achievements within IRWA, Chapter 67 has named a scholarship in his honor.
John became one of the premier and highly-sought appraisal experts in the eminent domain field. His focus in the industry was providing appraisal services in the more complex, litigation-oriented arena. John was extraordinarily generous in every way. He provided so many opportunities for aspiring appraisers, always promoting the industry, education, and professional excellence. He mentored many appraisers, many of whom started successful businesses because of John’s encouragement and training. He was a polished and credible expert. He was routinely retained by prior opposing counsel, a clear statement of John’s abilities as an expert. He was highly respected in the legal community, including many judges who frequently recommended John as a neutral expert.
The purpose of the scholarship is to further the involvement of professionals in Chapter 67 activities. The John C. Donahue Scholarship may be presented to one candidate annually, who is currently or becomes a member of IRWA Chapter 67. The scholarship is open to all professionals in the right-of-way industry. Previous recipients of this scholarship are ineligible to re-apply.
Complete applications are to be submitted to the IRWA Chapter 67 President by March 31, 2019. Applications must include a completed application form, a personal essay (no more than 200 words), and a one-page resume.
All applications will be reviewed by the Chapter 67 Executive Board. The Executive Board reserves the right to recommend that no award be made in a particular year if no meritorious applications are received.
The scholarship for the selected candidate shall include free attendance at Chapter 67 Lunch Meetings for one year (excluding Tri-Chapter meeting) and one Chapter 67 class attendance. The cost of the luncheon meetings and class attendance would otherwise be approximately $710.00; however, the scholarship itself has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash. The recipient will be notified of selection at the Chapter 67 Monthly Luncheon on April 9, 2019.