Hillcrest finalists, May 2013: (l-r) Emily Thyroff, Joseph Balsamo, Courtney Matson, President Alger, Lauren Distler, Caitlin McAvoy
The Hillcrest Scholarships provide funds to support extraordinary, off-campus experiences for Honors students in the summer following the junior year. Students apply during the sophomore year. The scholarships provide up to $5000 in financial assistance for students to engage in a research experience, participate in an internship, or carry out a service- or leadership-related initiative domestically or internationally. (The scholarship is not limited to these examples.) Students, with the aid of their faculty mentors, are encouraged to design unique projects that help them meet their academic and/or career goals. Please note that the scholarship cannot be used solely to fund a study abroad program.
For more information about the Hillcrest Scholarships, contact:
Dr. Melinda Adams
Students apply to one of three scholarship areas:
Hillcrest scholars are selected on the basis of their proposed project, their ability to connect the proposed experience to future goals, their leadership experience and community engagement, and their ability to make a significant contribution to society in the future. The Hillcrest Scholarship helps fulfill the JMU Honors Program’s mission of providing an academic community engaging highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership service, and scholarship.
How to Apply
Students apply for the Hillcrest Scholarships during the second semester of the sophomore year. Application instructions are listed on the website for each of the three awards (follow the above links). Recipients are announced at the end of the semester.