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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Anyone can study abroad...

The challenge is finding the program that fits both your needs and your budget.  Spending a summer, semester, or year abroad is a valuable academic and personal experience.  Financial aid is available to defray your educational costs abroad.  Study abroad grants and scholarships help to bridge the gap between your usual university cost and the additional cost of a study abroad experience.  The information provided by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and other links in this section will get you started.

Federal and State Financial Aid

Scholarship Announcements

  • JMU Semester Program Scholarship 

The Office of International Programs will be offering several scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students participating on one of our JMU Semester Programs for the fall or spring semester. This scholarship applies to the following programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

Students must apply to the program by November 1, 2014 and complete the scholarship application by December 1, 2014.

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  • JMU Summer Abroad Scholarship Application (Short-Term and Summer Semester)

Each summer JMU offers a wide array of programs and study abroad destinations. For students participating in one of these faculty-led opportunities or a JMU Summer Semester Program, the Office of International Programs will be offering several $1,000 scholarships to help support these experiences.

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

Students must apply to the program by November 1, 2014 and complete the scholarship application by December 1, 2014.

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  • Centennial Scholars Abroad - Semester Program Scholarship

The Office of International Programs along with the Office of Access and Inclusion will be offering several scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students participating on one of our JMU Semester Programs for the fall or spring semester. This scholarship applies to the following programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca

Scholarship Criteria:

-Applicant must be a member of the Centennial Scholars Program.
-Applicant must have a completed application on file for JMU Semester Program for the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 term(s). 

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

For priority consideration, students should apply to the program by November 1, 2014 and complete the scholarship application by December 1, 2014.

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  • The Holly Bachand (’84) Finchem and Timothy W. Finchem Scholarship for Study Abroad  

In the fall of 2012, Semester in London alum Holly Bachand Finchem and her husband Timothy Finchem established The Holly Bachand (’84) Finchem and Timothy W. Finchem Scholarship for Study Abroad. As an alum, Holly wanted to help students realize the benefits of study abroad. Her goal in setting up the scholarship was to eliminate some of the financial barriers. This scholarship will be a $1,000 award designated for any student participating in a JMU Semester program.

The Donors intend this scholarship to be a special resource to facilitate study abroad experiences for students who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence.

  • Helene Cecile Gallagher Scholarship

The Helene Cecile Gallagher Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the JMU Semester in London. Born in 1963, Helene Cecile "Nina" Gallagher attended Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia and attended JMU as did her three siblings, John, Kevin, and Diane. Among Helene’s various interests were an extensive involvement with her major in the communications and the theatre departments and a minor in philosophy and religion. While at JMU, she appeared in several productions, including The Ice Man Cometh, Remus Tales, and Hedda Gabler. Helene attended the JMU Semester in London during the fall of 1983 and was awarded a scholarship herself for an outstanding essay she had written. While attending classes at JMU the following summer, she died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 21. To commemorate her short but meaningful life, Helene's family and friends support the ongoing endowed scholarship in the amount of $500 to a Fall Semester in London student. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 toward the JMU Semester in London Program, deposited directly into their student accounts.

  • Kevin Robert Dunbar ’80 Scholarship for the Semester in London

An endowed scholarship established with a gift from Kevin Robert Dunbar '80, Vice Chairman & President of Dunbar Armored, Inc. to create the Kevin Robert Dunbar '80 Scholarship Endowment for the Semester in London Program. This endowment will provide funds annually to support scholarships for one (or more) students who enroll in the Semester in London Program.

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

 

  • JMU Semester Abroad Work Programs

JMU Semester Abroad Work Programs allow students to apply for positions of Resident Advisor, Student Activities Assistant, or Program Assistants. These positions are not always available for each JMU program. Currently positions are available for the London and Antwerp semester programs.