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The Dayton Alumni Scholarship

The Dayton Alumni Scholarship was established in 2013 to keep our heritage alive — the 85 years of our Dayton Campus history from 1875 to 1960. The alumni who graduated from the Dayton Campus were a close community, as there were only a few hundred students enrolled. The classes were small and everyone knew each other.


In 1875, the university was founded as Shenandoah High School in Dayton, Virginia. The following year, the school was renamed Shenandoah Seminary and was affiliated with the Virginia Conference of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. During the next 85 years, the institution changed names five times but always kept "Shenandoah" as part of its name. In 1946, The Church of the United Brethren in Christ became part of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, and a study group recommended closing Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music because of its financial instability. However, rather than closing the school, after becoming president in 1956, Dr. Forrest S. Racey oversaw the move to Winchester. Ground was broken for the new Winchester Campus in 1958 with two buildings — the Armstrong Building to house the conservatory and the Gregory Building to house the college and administrative offices. The last classes in Dayton began in the fall of 1959 with an enrollment of 159 students. Shenandoah opened its doors in Winchester in September 1960. A grand celebration was held in 2010 to commemorate our 50th anniversary in Winchester.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. The applicant must be enrolled the next academic year/semester and preference will be given to a junior or senior at Shenandoah University.
  2. It is recommended that the applicant shall have achieved a college grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. The applicant must show involvement in extracurricular activities and community service and have clear career goals.
  4. The applicant must demonstrate financial need. (Submitted current FAFSA form.)
  5. Consideration will be given to relatives of Dayton alumni — those who attended Shenandoah University when the school was located in Dayton, Virginia between 1875 and 1960.
  6. The applicant must agree to send a letter of thanks to the Dayton Alumni Scholarship Committee and personally thank the donors during a campus event


2016 Recipient:

Ryan Parker '15
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Minor in Biology

Becoming an occupational therapist is important to Ryan because he wants to work with mentally and physically handicapped people to help them enjoy the highest possible quality of life. In high school he worked with special needs students and was a Special Olympics coach. His goal is to work in pediatric rehab or with disabled veterans. 
When Ryan graduated in 2015, he was honored by his SU professors, coaches and administrators when he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The award is the highest accolade a student may receive.It recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to the university and the community by going above and beyond the classroom.
Ryan also excels in his studies. He is currently a master's student in the Occupational Therapy Program and anticipates graduating in 2017. He is also a Presidential Scholar which is the university's highest academic honor. According to a campus administrator, Ryan has a wonderful reputation on campus and is known to the students as someone who will always support them.


2015 Recipient:

Brittani Dodson '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

"I am sincerely thankful for the Dayton Alumni Scholarship, as it has helped me in so many ways. Becoming a nurse has always been a dream of mine, and this scholarship has helped me accomplish that dream. I have been able to put my entire focus on becoming the best nurse that I can be, without being concerned about the financial aspect of attending undergraduate school."

Brittani has accepted a position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital following graduation. She hopes to go on to achieve certification as a pediatric or neonatal nurse practitioner, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. "Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to work in the medical field after growing up with a very close cousin of mine who had many health problems. Then when she passed away during my senior year of high school, I immediately knew that I wanted to become a nurse, to one day, take care of children." Brittani has been an involved student while at Shenandoah, serving as president of the Student Nurses Association in 2014, has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the Virginia Iota chapter of Alpha Chi. She works part-time, is a student tutor and serves as the student representative of the School of Nursing academic curriculum committee and student affairs committee. She traveled to Panama with the Global Citizenship Project in 2013, volunteering in orphanages. She has since returned to Panama for two more trips, continuing to work with orphanages and children with special needs.


2014 Recipient:

Madison Armstrong '15
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications
Minors in English and Women's Studies

"As a student putting myself through undergrad, I am inexpressibly grateful for both the monetary and emotional support given to me by both the Dayton Alumni and our Alumni Affairs Association."

Madison aspires to be a travel journalist. Through Shenandoah's Global Citizenship Project and First Year Seminar, she developed a taste for travel and hopes to work exposing global injustices. As a student, Madison juggles working part-time at a local coffee shop, doing work study in the SU Swap Shop, completing internships and volunteering. She served as the intern for the Office of Alumni Affairs during the summer and fall of 2014. She has volunteered with Generosity Feeds, an organization out of Northern Virginia and the Laurel Center, a shelter for abused women in Winchester. Madison believes her purpose on Earth is to serve others, particularly women suffering around the globe.


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