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JMU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

scholarship information for current students

Thank you for your interest in scholarship opportunities at James Madison University. Our web site highlights JMU Foundation Scholarships, which represent endowment funds awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and some university departments. In addition, we provide you with resources for exploring other departmental scholarships and private funding opportunities. As you review this web site, please contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help you identify the resources you need.

We recommend you review each of the following web pages in your search for scholarships.


JMU Foundation Scholarships Awarded by Financial Aid

For scholarships awarded by our office, you may review selection criteria

Both academic merit and financial need may be factors in the selection process. To receive consideration for need-based scholarships, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the scholarship application. The first day you can submit your FAFSA is January 1st of each year, but you must file by March 1st to receive priority consideration for need-based assistance.

Please note that your receipt of scholarship funds may reduce your eligibility for need based financial aid. 

JMU Foundation Scholarships Awarded by University Department

You can explore JMU Foundation Scholarships through our web site. We have organized these awards by college or other university subdivision. Select the college or division of your choice, review selection criteria, and contact the designated department for information regarding application procedures.

Please note that your receipt of scholarship funds may reduce your eligibility for need based financial aid. 



Departmental Scholarships Awarded from Institutional Resources

Some departments award scholarships from internal resources. You can review a partial list of Departmental Scholarships through this web site. For complete information regarding the availability of institutional funds in your field of interest, contact the department of your selected major. Be aware that your department may not fund internal scholarships.

Please note that your receipt of scholarship funds may reduce your eligibility for need based financial aid.



Private Scholarship Opportunities

You may wish to explore Outside Scholarship opportunities to assist with your educational expenses at JMU. Private scholarships can originate from any non JMU source.

If you receive a private scholarship, complete an online Supplemental Information Sheet to inform the financial aid office regarding your good fortune. Please do not use this form for scholarships awarded to you by JMU. According to state and federal regulations, we must consider outside sources of financial assistance when awarding aid.


Our Mission Statement
Recognizing our responsibility for continuous improvement and for the overall education and development of our students, we will ASSIST with identifying and obtaining resources to finance higher education;
DELIVER funds in a timely and equitable manner; and EDUCATE, so that informed financial decisions can be made.

  Contact Information:
   Student Success Center
   MSC 3519
   Harrisonburg, VA 22807
   540-568-7820 (phone) 
   540-568-7994 (fax)

Susan K. Moyers

Associate Director for Grants and Scholarships

Email: moyerssk@jmu.edu   


Steven N. Cox

Assistant Director for Scholarships

Email: coxsn@jmu.edu  


Vivian Ferris
Scholarship Coordinator

Email: ferrisvl@jmu.edu


Kimberly Robinson

Email: robinsks@jmu.edu