Adult Degree Program Scholarships
Applications for the Dwight M. Sours Endowed Scholarship and the Elizabeth M. Finlayson Scholarship are now available. All ADP students who have completed 20 graded credits at JMU are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be announced at the annual Senior Banquet in April.
Below is information on both scholarships, scholarship criteria, and the application process. For further information, contact the ADP office at 540-568-6824.
The Dwight M. Sours '97 '03 Endowed Scholarship
Dwight M. Sours, former president of the BIS Alumni/Student Chapter, received his Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in 1997 with a concentration in Environmental Science and Management and his Master in Public Administration degree in 2003. Dwight died in December 2003, but his legacy of enthusiastic support of the Individualized Study Major/Adult Degree Program continues through this endowed scholarship.
The Dwight M. Sours '97 '03 Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate ADP student scholars who demonstrate financial need, superior scholarship ability, actively participate in the BIS Alumni/Student Chapter events, and are involved in his/her local community.
Elizabeth M. Finlayson Scholarship
The JMU BIS Alumni/Student Chapter created the Finlayson Scholarship Fund to assist new and enrolled Individualized Study Major students. The scholarship recognizes the effort involved for adult students to return to college while juggling families and jobs. The scholarship, established in 1998, honors Dr. Elizabeth M. Finlayson who was the catalyst in implementing the Adult Degree Program (ADP) at JMU. The Fund was endowed at $25,000 in 2002.
One or more scholarships in the amount of $500 are awarded during the annual ISM Spring Banquet. Scholarships are non-renewable and may be awarded to either part time or fulltime students. Funds will be disbursed by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships according to their established procedure. The Finlayson Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes exemplary academic achievement.
Applications for the Sours or Finlayson Scholarships
You may download the application form the ADP website (see links at left) or pick up a paper copy in the ADP Office, room 3305 in Memorial Hall, or in the Outreach and Engagement office, room 3185, in Memorial Hall.
Email the completed application to Sarah MacDonald, ADP Scholarship Committee Chair, email@example.com or drop it off at the Outreach and Engagement office in Memorial Hall, Room 3185. Applications can also be mailed to Ms. MacDonald at James Madison University, Outreach and Engagement, 800 South Main Street/MSC 6906, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
Deadline for applications for both scholarships is Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 5 p.m.. The Scholarship Committee will review the applications, and the recipients will be announced at the Adult Degree program Senior Banquet in April.