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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I originally applied Regular Decision, but need to change my application to Early Action to apply for the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship?

If you have already submitted an online application as a Regular Decision freshman applicant, but want to change your status to Early Action, you can send an email prior to Nov. 1 requesting that change. All supplemental materials to support your application for admission (high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores), must be postmarked to the Office of Admission by the Early Action deadline. Send your email request to admissions@jmu.edu.

Can I apply for the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship before I am notified that I have been accepted to JMU?

Absolutely. The scholarship application deadline is before our acceptance notification date.

Does a scholarship applicant have to receive an Early Action offer of admission to JMU to receive the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship?

Yes, all students invited to interview for the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship will have also received an Early Action offer of admission to JMU.

What is the difference between the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship and the Madison Award for Academic Excellence?

The primary difference in the two scholarships is the amount of the award. In selecting recipients, the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarships focus on service to others. The Madison Award for Academic Excellence recognize a broad spectrum of accomplishment and potential. More about the Madison Award for Academic Excellence »

How many scholarship candidates will you interview?

JMU interviews 44 candidates on campus in mid-February. Each student receives either a Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship or a Madison Award for Academic Excellence. 

Is there an alternative interview opportunity available if I am unable to travel to campus?

Eligibility for the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship requires a face-to-face interview. Students who cannot come to the interview are still eligible for the Madison Award for Academic Excellence.

When will I hear from you about the scholarships?

Our approximate timeline is as follows:

  • February 1: Invitations to the scholarship interviews will be mailed no later than this date. Only applicants to be interviewed will be notified at this time.
  • Mid-February: Scholarship interviews on campus.
  • Mid-March: Award letters to interviewed candidates will be mailed no later than this date.
  • Mid-April: Additional Madison Award for Academic Excellence letters mailed.

All scholarship applicants, including those we do not interview, will remain in the scholarship applicant pool until all scholarships are awarded and accepted.

Will you accept and use the official high school transcripts and SAT and ACT scores that I have sent with my freshman application?

You will need to send a separate official high school transcript with your scholarship materials. If you are meeting the Dingledine-Bluestone criteria by your rank and test scores, we ask you send your test scores officially from the testing agency as we must receive them by November 1st and to self-report your most current SAT and/or ACT scores on the scholarship application. The Office of Admissions will update your scholarship application with any new SAT or ACT scores.

Can I send you an attached extracurricular resume?

Although we recognize that most students have prepared an activities and awards resume, we require that you transfer that information to the scholarship application. If you need extra space, feel free to attach an additional sheet, but the basic format needs to follow the scholarship application.

Can my letters of recommendation be from anyone? Can I use the same recommendation I submitted in my application for admission?

Your letters of recommendation can be from anyone. It is your decision who can best provide information about you to the scholarship committee. One of your letters of recommendation can be the same letter of recommendation submitted with your freshmen application; however, it is your responsibility to ensure that a second copy accompanies your scholarship application.

Can I print recommendation letters that have been emailed to me to include with the rest of my application materials?

Yes, you may make a copy of an email recommendation, but the information should include contact information for the person preparing the recommendation. (Here is a tip: a formal letter displaying the signature of the preparer is more impressive.)

Can my letters of recommendation arrive separately from the scholarship application?

We understand that preparers of recommendations often prefer a confidential letter; however, we need all your scholarship application materials to come in one package. Therefore we suggest that the person writing your letter of recommendation place the letter in a sealed envelope and sign across the seal.

Can I use the personal statement from my freshmen application as an answer to an essay question?

A faculty committee will review your scholarship essays, while the JMU Office of Admissions committee will review your application for admission, therefore, we will not notice the duplication. However, be careful when preparing your scholarship essays to directly address the questions. There is no question to prompt you for the admissions application personal statement.

Does it matter if a scholarship applicant is a Virginia or non-Virginia resident?

All entering freshmen applicants are eligible to apply for Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship, regardless of residency.

Are these scholarships available for transfer students?

There is a Dingledine Scholarship available to transfer students graduating from a Virginia Community College with a transferable A.A, A.S., or A.A&S. degree with a 3.5 GPA. Learn more »

Do I need to fill out financial aid information?

No, financial need is not a factor in the selection of the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarships, however, we recommend that all applicants for admission to JMU also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as part of your preparation for college and your application for financial aid. The FAFSA priority filing date for JMU is March 1.

Are there any other freshmen scholarships available?

Yes, JMU academic departments offer merit scholarships. We will identify the majority of freshmen merit awards through the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship application. Departments with scholarships awarded outside of the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship will contact potential candidates directly. View all prospective student scholarships »

If I receive a Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship, am I required to participate in the mentorship program?

Dingledine-Bluestone Scholars are required to participate in the Dingledine Scholarship Leadership and Mentorship program led by the Dingledine Scholars, or D-Unit, in partnership with with the Honors College.

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