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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Spring 2020 application cycle has been moved to Fall 2020. Mr. Jared Diener will direct the scholarship process at this time.

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About Hillcrest Scholarships

The Hillcrest Scholarships provide funds to support transformative, off-campus summer experiences for Honors students. Recipients receive up to $5,000 in financial assistance to engage in a research experience, internship, entrepreneurial activity, creative endeavor, or service- or leadership-related initiative domestically or internationally. (The scholarship is not limited to these examples.) Students, with the aid of their faculty mentors, are encouraged to design unique projects that help them meet their academic and/or career goals.

Hillcrest scholars are selected on the basis of their proposed project, their ability to connect the proposed experience to future goals, their leadership experience and community engagement, their ability to make a significant contribution to society in the future, and the transformative potential of the proposed Hillcrest project.

The Hillcrest Scholarship helps fulfill the JMU Honors College's mission of providing an academic community engaging highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, service, and scholarship.

In addition to general Hillcrest Scholarships that are open to all Honors students, we provide two focused awards for special populations:

Hinshaw-Warren Hillcrest Scholarship

Students with demonstrated financial need are eligible for the Hinshaw-Warren Scholarship. Eligible students will be automatically considered for this award upon applying for a Hillcrest Scholarship if they have demonstrated financial aid as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Hinshaw-Warren Scholarship is not intended to replace existing aid or scholarship funds. Instead, it is intended that this scholarship will be in addition to qualifying University financial aid and scholarships.

Fredric I. McGhee Scholarship for Aspiring Entrepreneurs 

This Hillcrest Scholarship provides financial assistance to carry out transformational off-campus experiences such as, but not limited to, a business startup, analysis of a new product or conceptual idea, an internship, or a project related to the Honors capstone project.


Jared Diener
Phone: 540-568-6503

List of Recipients

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