The James Madison University Partnership

A $10,000 merit scholarship for children of JMU Employees

Stuart Hall School offers one dedicated $10,000 per year merit scholarship for qualified new students entering grades 6-12 who are the children of full-time JMU employees, faculty, or staff. This partnership is an exciting employee benefit, and is an exclusive relationship between JMU and Stuart Hall School.

Why Stuart Hall and James Madison? It's a natural fit. Our mutual committment to education means that we can offer this exclusive benefit and introduce our outstanding program to James Madison University families.

To learn more about Stuart Hall and the merit scholarship, please join us at one of our upcoming information sessions:

  • Thursday, November 13th, 5:30 p.m. or
  • Wednesday, January 28th, 5:30 p.m.

They will both be held at JMU's Wine-Price building. Please RSVP today


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who Is Eligible? 
    Any student currently enrolled at a school other than Stuart Hall School, entering grades 6-12, and who is the child of a JMU employee. 
  • Where Will Information Be Available?
    To receive information on this program and a free set of materials on Stuart Hall School, click here.
    You can also visit your Human Resources department for a printed brochure.  Download one here.
  • What Is The Amount Of The Scholarship?
    $10,000 per year.
  • Is This A One-Time Award?
    No. Assuming that the selected student continues to thrive in the Stuart Hall environment by fulfilling academic and extra-curricular expectations, the scholarship will be extended each year through graduation.
  • Is Re-application Required Each Year For A Student Who Receives a JMU Partnership Merit Scholarship?
    No. By meeting the expectations of a Merit Scholar, the student will receive the scholarship automatically from year to year until graduation.
  • How Will Scholarship Recipient Be Selected?
    Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of multiple criteria. Decisions will be, in part, based on the promise of candidates, as demonstrated by references, records, resume, and /or testing. The School also looks for clear passion and talent in an area of the student’s choice – examples may include, but are not limited to, athletics, the arts, community service, and leadership. Commitment to learning and habits that show engagement with both school and community are encouraged for all students at Stuart Hall. A scholarship applicant will be evaluated with these values in mind.
  • How Do I Apply For The Scholarship?
    The merit scholarship application is two-fold. All students hoping to be considered for a JMU Partnership Merit Scholarship must first complete our standard application process. When you inquire for admission, call or email to indicate that you would like to be considered for the JMU Partnership Program. A packet of information about the scholarship will be included in your initial information materials.
  • How can I get started?
    First, complete the regular Stuart Hall application process, click here to download an admissions application. Next, please notify Admissions that you are interested in becoming a JMU Partnership Merit Scholarship applicant. You can click here for the supplemental essays you will need to submit.
  • What Is The Scholarship Application Deadline?
    Applications for admission and supplemental Merit Scholarship applications must be post-marked or submitted electronically by March 1, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Can the JMU Partnership Merit Scholarship Recipient Also Receive Need-Based Financial Assistance?
    Yes. Acceptance of a Community Merit Scholarship does not eliminate a family from consideration for need-based assistance. Because this scholarship is based on merit, the amount of the scholarship will not change in the event that need-based financial assistance is also awarded. Families from a broad range of incomes apply to Stuart Hall School. Beyond the merit-based program, Stuart Hall provides more than $1 million in need-based financial aid to students each year. Any prospective family is encouraged to apply.

For further questions about the Merit Scholarship, please email us at

Admission Team

Ann Snyder
Director of Enrollment Management

Samantha Hughes
Associate Director of Enrollment

Emily Wilkinson
Associate Director of Enrollment

Alisa Loughlin
Enrollment Coordinator

Tanya Farrell
Associate Director of Communications & Events


Important Information

  • Transportation from Harrisonburg is available 
  • Stuart Hall School is co-educational Pre-K through Grade 12
  • Parent references from Harrisonburg families are available upon request 
  • Stuart Hall is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools

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