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JMU Parents Council

The JMU Parents Council was formed in 1978 to involve parents in university affairs and to serve as a forum for the exchange of information concerning activities and programs of the university. The purpose of the Parents Council is to provide advice and guidance to the Division of University Advancement on programs related to parents, serve as a liaison between the university and parents and as an effective spokesperson/advocate for the university.

The Council consists of 180+ representatives of each graduating class. Members are selected as couples or single parents. Members may serve four years or until their student(s) are no longer enrolled at JMU.

The Council meets twice a year - on the Friday of Family Weekend and in the spring. The council meets in subcommittees (Finance/Physical Development, Academics, Student Life, Enrollment Services and Resource Development) and as a group. Guest speakers include administrators, faculty members, students and coaches who discuss various aspects of campus life.

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The Parents Council Endowment for Scholarships will provide funds annually to outstanding students, including both students entering college for the first time and students already enrolled in college. The appointment of a student as a Parents Council Scholar shall be made by the University's Office of Financial Aid and shall follow the University's guidelines for the awarding of scholarships; provided, however, the following specific conditions: A Parents Council Scholar must be a full-time student and in good standing at JMU and must demonstrate a need for financial assistance, as determined by the University's Office of Financial Aid. Once a student receives this Scholarship for the first time, it may be renewed for up to three academic years, at the sole discretion of the University's Office of Financial Aid. Each year, when the University's Office of Financial Aid makes the appointment of Parents Council Scholars, it shall do so in a manner that reflects the overall student body ratio of in-state and out-of-state students.

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