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Michael E. Ruckman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Michael E. Ruckman, Jr.

The Michael E. Ruckman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship has been established at the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge by family and friends, in loving memory of Mike and in honor of his life. Mike graduated from Fort Defiance High School (Class of 1986) and James Madison University (Class of 1991) and taught Physical Education at Waterman Elementary School until his retirement earlier this year. He coached the Harrisonburg High School golf team for 25 years.

Mike loved his family and friends, teaching children, coaching, and JMU (especially JMU football). He was particularly fond of the students he taught over the years and enjoyed seeing them succeed at whatever they set out to accomplish.


If you would like to make a contribution in loving memory of Mike, you may do so online or by mailing a check payable to the Community Foundation to P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402. Please contact Menieka Garber with any questions at or 540-213-2150.


The Michael E. Ruckman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established for graduating seniors at Fort Defiance High School, planning a career in education, with preference for applicants who plan to attend James Madison University.


  • An eligible applicant must be a senior at Fort Defiance High School.
  • An eligible applicant must be planning a career in education.
    • Preference will be given to applicant(s) who plan to attend JMU.
  • An eligible student must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year and plan to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the Continental United States the following academic year.

2022 Award Amount

To be determined.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2022

Please contact the Community Foundation at 540-213-2150 or for additional information and/or clarification.

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