Scholarship Overview

An endowed scholarship established with gifts from William S. Dingledine, Jr., Claiborne R. Dingledine, Joseph M. Dingledine and Thomas A. Dingledine for the benefit of James Madison University, in memory of their grandfather, Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr., and in honor of their father, William S. Dingledine, on Father's Day, 2004. Professor Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr., or "Mr. Ding" as he was known by his students, served on the faculty of the State Normal & Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg - which later was known as Madison College before, finally, becoming James Madison University - for over twenty-five years, mostly in the History Department.

Through this Endowed Scholarship, funds will be provided annually to an outstanding rising senior whose college career has exemplified the qualities of citizenship, leadership and service embodied by Professor Dingledine in his professional and personal life. Annual Scholar Selection Process -

1. The application for the Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr. Leadership Scholarship will be designed jointly by the James Madison University Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and the James Madison University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. Printed Information describing the scholarship will also be designed.

2. Each year, the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter will announce by the end of the first week of classes in January that it is inviting nominations from members of Omicron Delta Kappa and its advisors, as well as from other administrators, faculty, staff and students. Only nominees in their junior year of study will be eligible. Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is not a requirement. Nominees will be notified that they have been nominated and invited to apply, with a submission deadline set annually for the end of January or early February.

3. From among all complete applications submitted in a timely manner, the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter will choose the top four applications; and, in turn, will submit these applications to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for verification of the respective students' eligibility for scholarships. Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be on track to graduate within four years.

4. After the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships completes the verification process, the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter will nominate one individual as the Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr. Leadership Scholar for the following academic year.

5. Concurrently, the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter will complete the JMU Foundation's Scholarship Nomination form and file it with the JMU Foundation. Upon receipt of the form, the foundation will review the form for completeness and verify available funds for the award. Once approved by the foundation and by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, a copy of the form will be returned to the Omicron Delta Kappa Office.

6. The student approved as the Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr. Leadership Scholar may be notified by the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter after the chapter receives its copy of the approved Scholarship Nomination form from the JMU Foundation.

7. The public announcement and formal presentation of the scholarship award will be made by the president of the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter at the James Madison University Scholarship Luncheon held in conjunction with the annual Madison Day celebration. The fact that this is a leadership (scholarship) award, presented at the same time as the Student Government Association's top junior scholar award and the Faculty Senate's Valedictorian awards is appropriate and distinguishes it from other scholarships represented at the annual luncheon.

Annual award amount

Need Based

Eligibility Criteria
Freshmen   Sophomore   Junior   Senior  


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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