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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Madison awards more than 400 one- to four-year scholarships each year to incoming students.

Thomas and Karyn Dingledine Scholarships

Early action freshman applicants are invited to apply for these merit-based award. The awards are granted annually and are the most prestigious awards that we offer. An additional scholarship application is required. 

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Madison Achievement Scholarships

JMU academic colleges and departments award between $2,000-5,000 annually to students of great accomplishment and potential. No additional application is necessary. 

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Second Century Scholarships

Freshman enrolling in one of the designated STEM programs may qualify to be a Second Century Scholar and receive scholarship in the amount of 75% of in-state tuition for the first year and continues at this amount for a maximum of four consecutive years. 

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Scholarships for select interest areas

Some academic areas and departments offer scholarships to entering freshmen. Application requirements may differ from area to area. Check out our foundation scholarships and departmental scholarships.

Private Scholarships

You may want to explore opportunities from outside of JMU to assist with your educational expenses here. Private scholarships can originate from any non-JMU source. 

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Other Ways to Afford JMU

Financial Aid

Your college education is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will help simplify and guide you through the financial aid process as you seek avenues to fund the cost of your college education. No matter your family income, you have the potential to afford the high-quality education JMU offers.

To determine your eligibility for assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA forms received by the Department of Education before our priority filing date of March 1 will receive first consideration. Our federal school code is 003721. JMU does not base admission decisions on financial aid.

Student Employment

Many students find working part-time an excellent way to help fund their college experience. Whether it's working in an on-campus or off campus position, the Student Work Experience Center provides resources for students locating part-time employment.

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