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  • The Dingledine Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
  • The Dingledine Scholarship for freshman students is equivalent to in-state tuition and fees per year for a total of four years if eligibility requirements are met (see below). For the 2018-2019 academic year, that amount is $12,016.
  • Scholarships are given annually by the Dingledine Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • All eligible in-state and out-of-state students may apply.
  • Top scholarship candidates will be notified no later than February 1 and will be invited to campus for an interview in mid-February.
  • Students who apply by the November 1 deadline for the Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarships will remain in the pool to be considered for the Madison Award for Academic Excellence.
  • The following scholarships cannot be combined: Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarship, Madison Award for Academic Excellence, First Generation Scholarship, Second Century Scholarship, Centennial Scholarship or Fellowship offers. If offered more than one of these merit-based awards, students must choose one and decline the other offer(s).

About Thomas A.  Dingledine

Tom Dingledine is part of a JMU dynasty beginning in the early 1900's. After graduating from Madison, Tom's grandmother, Agness Stribling ('15) married Madison professor Raymond and together they made the first recorded financial gift to Madison — a $10 award for an essay contest, equivalent to one week's pay for a teacher during the time. Later she became known affectionately among students as housemother "Mama Ding" and served Madison well into the 1960s. Today grandson Tom continues his grandparents' legacy. He and his family have established the Agness S. Dingledine Memorial Scholarship and Raymond C. Dingledine Sr. Endowment for Leadership Scholarship. Tom established the Dingledine Endowed Scholarship for Achievement in Academics and Service to create the university's first privately funded four-year, student-recruitment scholarship. Of course, Tom has heartfelt reasons for creating student scholarships at Madison.

Tom wants to recognize and encourage JMU students with a demonstrated vision to impact others. The recipients of the scholarship should exemplify excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

"To me, it's making a difference in the lives of others. And I think that we need so many people like that. In recognizing and honoring that, I believe that you all will do that with others. It's paying it forward."

— Tom Dingledine

Apply to JMU and complete your freshman application by the November 1 early action deadline.

Submit a Dingledine Scholarship Application with the following materials:All scholarship application materials (scholarship application, 2 letters of recommendation, 2 essays, official sealed and signed envelope containing the high school transcript and Dingledine Scholarship Counselor Report) must be mailed in ONE envelope and postmarked no later than November 1, 2018. Applications missing any of the required materials will be ineligible for consideration.

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two 500-word essays. Please follow the instructions on the application concerning essay requirements.
  • Official high school transcript in a sealed and signed envelope
  • Dingledine Scholarship Counselor Report (page 5 of the scholarship application)
  • If you are meeting the Dingledine scholarship criteria by being in the top 20% of your class and have a 1250 SAT or 27 ACT, you must have your scores sent officially from the testing agency to James Madison University and received by November 1st. 

Mail to:
Dingledine Scholarships
James Madison University
MSC 0109
100 East Grace Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2018



Competitive applicants must either:

  • rank in the top 20% of their class and have a 3.6 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale); OR

  • rank in the top 20% of their class and have a 1250 SAT (out of 1600 - writing portion not considered) or a 27 ACT score (composite only). If you choose to meet this criteria, you must have your scores sent officially from the testing agency to James Madison University and received by November 1st. 

Maintaining Eligibility
  • As a privilege of being a Dingledine Scholar, all scholars will be offered automatic admission tothe JMU Honors College. While it is not a requirement to be an Honors College member, all scholars are highly encouraged to take advantage of the Honors College's opportunities and experiences during their undergraduate career.

  • The Dingledine recipient must participate in the Dingledine Scholarship Leadership and Mentorship program led by the Dingledine scholars, or D-Unit, in partnership with the Honors College.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained each year.

  • Recipients must volunteer at annual Dingledine Scholarship interviews and banquet.

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