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Established by the Honors Advisory Council, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding sophomore honors students. It supports an off-campus summer enrichment experience that complements classroom learning by providing financial assistance for travel expenses and tuition. Students may use the scholarship to carry out research, to participate in an internship, to engage in a service-learning project, or to fund language training or another training program related to the applicant’s academic goals. Students apply in their second year, develop and refine the project with a faculty mentor throughout their junior year, and implement the project during the summer between their third and final undergraduate year. Hillcrest scholars are selected on the basis of their proposed project, their academic achievements and intellectual promise, their leadership experience and community engagement, and their ability to make a significant contribution to society in the future. Information about the application process will be made available to eligible students at the start of the fall 2011 semester.
The Honors Program's budget and expendable account often permit small grants. Current Honors Program students may request support for scholarly activities, such as attendance at a conference in order to present their research, Senior Honors Project research, or similar scholarly pursuits. The maximum award is $500. There is no deadline for applications, but grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and are contingent upon available funds. Applicants must complete the Small Grant application, including a statement and budget, and submit all materials to the Honors Program Office, Hillcrest 105.
Honors students are eligible for all need-based scholarships offered by James Madison University. Eligibility is determined by standardized analysis of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Applications must be submitted each year to the Office of Financial Aid.
Students should also contact both the Office of Financial Aid for general merit-based awards and the head/director in their major department/school for awards based on achievement in the major. Several honorary organizations, including Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi, also award scholarships based primarily on academic achievement.