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Doug Toma Scholarship for Outstanding Roommates and Case Hall Residents

About the Scholarship

  • Do people gather in your room to hang out?
  • Is your roommate engaged in planning fun and interesting extracurricular activities, for you and others on your floor?
  • Is your roommate a recognized leader on your floor, someone to whom others turn for advice and ideas?
  • Is your roommate actively involved in the extracurricular life of James Madison College, in student organizations and campus activities that enhance the overall experience of College?

Recognize your Outstanding Roommate for his or her contributions to your college experience, your floor and the living learning environment in Case Hall. This $2000 scholarship has been established by friends of JMC alumnus Doug Toma (Socio-Economics '86) to recognize and support those students who best exemplify the "residential college" elements of the Madison experience. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in James Madison College and have lived in Case Hall for the last two semesters to receive this award. Recipients are required to live in Case Hall during the subsequent academic year while the scholarship award is paid. The scholarship will recognize students who are outstanding roommates, active participants in the "residential college" community of James Madison College and students who add value to the living and learning experience in the residence hall.

How to Apply

  1. Nomination essay of at least a page from a roommate or Residence Assistant describing why this student is a valued roommate, friend and peer.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation from someone other than the nominator (i.e. roommate, RA, floormate, or others familiar with the nominee's extracurricular contributions) documenting the nominee's contribution to their floor, extra-curricular organizations and activities, and the value of those contributions to the academic atmosphere of Case Hall and James Madison College.
  3. Nominee invited to submit resume documenting those same activities.
  4. Preference will be given to roommates assigned through a blind draw prior to their first year in Case Hall, but all roommates regardless of how the pairing took place should apply.

Visit the Doug Toma Scholarship link on the JMC Scholarships page to learn the purpose for establishing this award, and how to nominate your roommate to be the next Outstanding Roommate in Case Hall. Read about the First Toma Outstanding Roommate selected.  Please write professional essays and letters worthy of the college’s commitment to quality writing and the nominee you are supporting.  Application materials must be submitted electronically to Katie Dyjach (in the Dean’s Office) at dyjachk.  Application deadline is February 28th.

For more information, please contact J.M. Conway (conway16) or Rocky Beckett (beckettr).