Scholarship Overview

An endowed scholarship established by Chris & Donna Wollenberg, and their family in memory of Donna Wollenberg's mother, Maxine Jobst. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for incoming freshmen who have exceptional collegiate potential but also have severe financial hardships. Specifically, the Donor intends that candidates for this scholarship shall be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class, have SAT scores of 1100 (or the equivalent on the ACT, as the case may be), have participated in a superior program of academic study while in high school, have demonstrated a commitment to extra-curricular endeavors at a leadership level of involvement, and have a demonstrated financial hardship, as determined by the University's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. To elaborate - the Donor wishes for this scholarship to help students attend James Madison University who are from low income families and who demonstrate that their estimated family contribution to their education will be extremely low, if anything at all. To the extent appropriate, the Donor encourages the consideration of ancillary statements and documentation from and on behalf of a student who is a candidate for this scholarship (e.g., from official of the student's high school) which may support a determination of a particular student's financial circumstances. Further, once a student is appointed a Maxine Jobst Scholar, the scholarship may be renewed for up to four successive academic years; provided, however, that the student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) and remain in good standing in all respective with the University. Should the student's cumulative grade point average fall below 2.8, the student shall be given one semester to raise it back to the 2.8 minimum; and, should the student not do so, the student shall lose the scholarship immediately so that it may be awarded to another student. Also, as the scholarship is intended solely for undergraduate study, the scholarship shall conclude upon the student's completion of requirements for a baccalaureate degree, without regard to whether the student would otherwise be eligible to renew the scholarship for one or more additional years. Beyond the above criteria, the appointment of Maxine Jobst Scholars shall follow the University's guidelines for the awarding of scholarships.

Annual award amount

Need Based

Eligibility Criteria


Special application requirements

This scholarship requires the student to complete the General Application in Madison Scholarships Hub (the Hub). For further information about how to log into the Hub and application deadlines, please see our website:

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