Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Roger Ruth Memorial Fund

Dr. Roger A. Ruth had a significant impact on the graduate programs, students and faculty within the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department at James Madison University. A beloved educator and mentor, Dr. Ruth demonstrated his passion for teaching, research and student mentorship for over 30 years, both at JMU and UVA. Throughout his career he was a strong advocate for student research as an integral part of graduate training in audiology, and, in his honor, the Roger Ruth Memorial Fund was established in 2009 to promote and support Audiology doctoral student research at James Madison University.

These awards are designed to provide the monetary support needed to complete research projects during doctoral study at JMU. Awards are competitively reviewed annually and will be announced at the Ruth Symposium. Details on the application process will be made available in the fall semester.

Melvin Will, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship

PHOTO: Melvin Will

An endowed scholarship, established by Frank Will in memory of his father, Melvin Will, Jr., honors Mr. Will’s association with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Laboratory. This annual scholarship is awarded to a full-time JMU student for his/her outstanding academic achievement in the CSD Department.

Robin McKay Memorial Scholarship

PHOTO: Robin McKay

This scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Robin McKay, an alumna of James Madison University. Robin earned a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her professional interest was in the area of deaf education. She joined the Peace Corps program in 1985 and served in Jamaica for two years. The McKay scholarship was established by Robin’s family and friends and is awarded to a student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the first semester of his/her junior year.

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Programs

To apply for any of these programs, or additional information, or if you just have questions, contact LT Andrea McCoy Garrett, USN andrea.mccoygarrett@navy.mil

Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) Medical Service Corps

The Health Services Collegiate Program is designed to provide financial incentive for students in designated health care professions to complete degree/certification requirements and obtain a commission in the Medical Service Corps (MSC).

Programs eligible for HSCP: Health Care Admin, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Audiology, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Entomology, Physician Assistance

Service Obligation: Minimum of three years active duty from the date of commissioning for any one, two, or three year program.

Benefits: Active duty status as an Officer Candidate First Class (OCPO1)/E-6. Receive a monthly military salary anywhere from $3280 to $5610* while attending school. A Comprehensive health-care benefits package. Time in this program counts towards retirement. Earn vacation while in this program. You pay for tuition, books, and other school expenses.

* Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with higher cost of living.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizenship - Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Age - Complete your degree by age 42.
  • Education - Must be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to an accredited college, university or school of study for a designated health profession.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to apply.
  • Must complete studies/training as full time students attending all normal school sessions (3 semesters), and must maintain GPA of at least 3.0 after selection.
  • Degree/certification requirements must be fulfilled within 24 months. Selectees must have an approved degree/course of study completion plan approved by Navy Recruiting Command.