Thomas A. Dingledine helped create the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarships to recognize and encourage JMU students with a demonstrated vision to impact others.
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  • The Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
  • The Dingledine-Bluestone 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 2019-2020 academic year, that amount is $12,206.
  • Scholarships are given annually by the Dingledine-Bluestone Academic Selection Committees.
  • All eligible in-state and out-of-state students may apply.

" To me, it's making a difference in the lives of others."

Tom Dingledine


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
  • All Dingledine-Bluestone Scholars will be offered automatic admission to the JMU Honors College. While it is not a requirement, all scholars are highly encouraged to take advantage of Honors College opportunities and experiences during their undergraduate career.

  • The 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-Bluestone Scholarship interviews and banquet.

How to Apply for the Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship
  1. Apply to JMU and complete your freshman application by the November 1 early action deadline.
  2. Please check back in mid-September for directions on applying electronically.
  3. Questions? Contact
  • 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 Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarships will remain in the pool to be considered for the Madison Award for Academic Excellence.
  • The following scholarships cannot be combined: Dingledine-Bluestone 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.

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