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parent loses his job.

A parent’s illness requires unexpected out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Give now buttonStudents shouldn't be forced to leave Madison because of these one-time emergency needs. Gifts to the Madison Forever Scholarship emergency student aid fund breathe life back into hope.

To-date, donors have saved the academic lives of nearly 300 students experiencing a one-time financial crisis. Nearly every single student who has received aid from these programs remains at JMU or went on to graduate. Below are three examples.



Alecia Epp


'It really has changed my life.'


lecia Epp (’14) hopes some day to work as an executive at a top-ranked hospital. A health services administration major with a business minor, knows the pain of losing hope. Her father died in March 2013 of cancer. Without the Madison Forever Scholarship, the Eldersburg, Md., native would have seen her dream of being the first person in her family to graduate from college vanish. (Read more about Alecia, 'Saving the day, and career.')

“I was obviously so upset when my dad died, and then I was also upset because I didn’t want to not come back for my last year at this place that is my second home,” Epp says. “This scholarship is awesome to me. It has helped me stay here. I’m so incredibly grateful. It really has changed my life.”


Jared Farnsworth talks to residents



ared Farnsworth (’16) deals in hope each waking moment. An interdisciplinary liberal studies major who is pursuing elementary education certification with a concentration in mathematics and science, Farnsworth dreams of a life spent “reaching my goal of showing people that someone else cares about them.” (Read more about Jared, 'Caring is the goal.')

One of five siblings, the Richmond, Va., Farnsworth found himself on the brink of dropping out of school after his father lost his job. “I feel so blessed to get the help from Madison Forever,” he says. “I was definitely blown away when I got it.”



Camisha Matthews hangs a poster she designed for the University Health Center.

'I would not have been able to finish here without the help.'


amisha Matthews (’14) knows about hope. The graphic design major plans to follow graduation by studying in Vienna next summer alongside William Tate, one of her favorite JMU professors. The Purcellville, Va., native is finishing her academic career at JMU and seizing the Vienna opportunity to learn in what she calls “one of the meccas of design” thanks to a Madison Forever Scholarship while her mother fights a second bout with cancer.

(Read more about Camisha, 'On to the next chapter.')

“I am so grateful for this scholarship,” says Matthews, who put on an art show at a downtown Harrisonburg restaurant this fall after being hand-picked by the restaurant owner. “I have gotten a great education at JMU, and I would not have been able to finish here without the help,” Matthews says. “I am super excited to get to the next chapter of my life, yet will be sad to leave JMU because it’s been so good to me.”


Watch: More about Alecia, Jared and Camisha


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Madison Forever Scholarship gifts help rekindle hope, and help a Duke stay a Duke. Make your gift today.