James Madison University

James J. Hart Memorial Scholarship

This award is named after faculty member James J. Hart, and for many years, has honored the outstanding performance among junior students. Donations to the James J. Hart Scholarship fund were sufficient in 2010 to award the first James J. Hart Memorial Scholarship. The recipient of this award is an outstanding Junior Psychology Major who not only has high academic achievement, but also, through their activities and aspirations, demonstrates a commitment to improving the human condition.

You can contribute to this scholarship fund by making a donation online. When making a donation, use the "Gift Designation: Other" field to specify James J. Hart Memorial Scholarship (Account: 25473/65473).

2017 Award Recipient

Ashley Rininger

PHOTO: Ashley Rininger
  • Works with Dr. Jessica Irons examining cue-induced nicotine withdrawal in humans, the effects of alcohol priming on substance preferences (coordinates this study), and the effects of rhetoric exposure on health choices.
  • Has served as a teaching assistant for Psychological Statistics and Integrated Statistics and Methods under the supervision of Dr. Tracy Zinn.
  • Serves as a Psychology Peer Advisor.
  • Is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, is a member of Active Minds, has volunteered with Open House, worked as an AVID tutor, and has attended and led Alternative Spring Breaks trips.
  • Has been on the President's list since Spring 2015.


2016 Award Recipient

Allison Brandmark

PHOTO:Allison Brandmark

Allison is a junior Psychology major. She works with Dr. Trevor Stokes in the Applied Behavior Analysis Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Clinic and the Inter-Professional Autism Clinic, researching a social interaction intervention and the effects of combined therapy. She is also working with Dr. David Daniel and Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen to examine effective teaching methods, for which she has received departmental research and travel grants. Allison volunteers in a special education classroom at Waterman Elementary Schools and was elected to be the Social and Service Officer for Best Buddies, which is an organization that matches JMU students with adults in the community with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.