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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Madison awards more than 400 one- to four-year scholarships each year to incoming students. The primary criterion for merit-based scholarships is exceptional academic performance. Other selection criteria may include leadership, involvement, and career goals. 

Madison Scholarships Hub is the application center for all JMU Foundation scholarships at James Madison University. To log in to Madison Scholarships Hub, go to MyMadison and under the Applicant tab click on the logo for Madison Scholarships Hub. Qualifications for the majority of our scholarships are based on the general application information as well as information pulled directly from your admissions application. Deadlines vary across departments so be sure to complete the general application as soon as possible to receive full consideration. Review the criteria carefully for any recommended scholarship opportunity you are presented with and if you meet the qualifications, click apply to submit additional required information. Scholarships will become available beginning in January, although some may have later start dates so be sure to check back in February and March to potentially see additional scholarship opportunities.


Honors College Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship

The Honors College Dingledine-Bluestone Scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and community service. 

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Madison Award for Academic Excellence

JMU academic colleges and departments award between $4,000-10,000 annually to students of great accomplishment and potential. No additional application is necessary.

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Second Century Scholarships

Freshman enrolling in one of the designated STEM programs may qualify to be a Second Century Scholar and receive scholarship in the amount of 100 percent of in-state tuition and fees for the year recipients enter the university and continues at this amount for a maximum of four consecutive years. An additional scholarship application is required. 

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Scholarships for select interest areas

Some academic areas and departments offer scholarships to entering freshmen. Application requirements may differ from area to area.

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Private Scholarships

You may want to explore opportunities from outside of JMU to assist with your educational expenses here. Private scholarships can originate from any non-JMU source.

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Other Ways to Afford JMU

Financial Aid

Your college education is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will help simplify and guide you through the financial aid process as you seek avenues to fund the cost of your college education.

To determine your eligibility for assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA forms received by the Department of Education before our priority filing date of March 1 will receive first consideration. Our federal school code is 003721. JMU does not base admission decisions on financial aid.

Student Employment

Students are eligible to apply for Student positions and Wage/Part-Time positions that are advertised on JMU Joblink. JMU’s Office of Student Employment maintains listings of off-campus positions that may be of interest. Of course, students may search for jobs using other databases and local publications as well.

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