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The Centennial Scholars Program (CSP) employs many strategies to help support and retain its students. Programs include the Student Administrator Instructional Faculty (SAIF) Partnership Program, the Family Network, the CSP Buddy System, and mandatory Study Halls.


The SAIF partnership program is a joint program between the Centennial Scholars Program and JMU administrators and faculty.

SAIF is an opportunity for mentors to impact students for a life time and share their professional/personal experience in a mentorship role.

Family Network

The Family Network is a resource for new and continuing family members to connect and support each other throughout their student’s career at JMU.

If you are a family member of a Centennial Scholar this is also a way you are able to give back to the program that has provided support to your family.

CSP Buddy System

The CSP Buddy System is a peer support program. Upperclass CSP students team up with an incoming freshmen and transfer students to advise them on age-specific issues, such as the best classes to take, places to live, and clubs to join, etc.

Study Hall

CSP provides study hall experiences for all incoming incoming freshmen, transfer, and other designated upperclass students outside the realm of other academic support services.  These study halls provide an opportunity for students to work on individual course assignments of their choosing in an appropriate environment led by a CSP graduate mentor.  They are offered on various days, times and at numerous on-campus locations to meet the needs of the undergraduate students.