The Madison Community Scholars program was originated by the David (’93) and Becky (’93) Thomas and Daisy (’80) and Thomas Byrd families in 2014 to enhance the capacity of local community organizations to address goals while strengthening leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills of JMU students. MCS students facilitate community partner projects and assist with volunteer management.  To date, over 30 students have benefited from this opportunity, leveraging approximately $150,000 in equivalent services available to the local community.
Strong candidates for this role are interested in community involvement and are organized and skilled verbal and interpersonal communicators.

You Get To:

  • Serve approximately 8 hours per week
    • Bi-weekly team meetings (business hours)
    • Semesterly one-on-one meeting with CEVC advisor (business hours)
    • Remaining hours for creativity and effective work
  • Earn a scholarship of $1,250 for the semester

How You Get To:

  • Engage in service that addresses community-identified priorities and increases the capacity of community partners.
  • Participate in regular developmental and issue-based trainings and reflection activities.
  • Engage in team-building and group service activities with other Madison Community Scholars.
  • Develop leadership, advocacy, and communication skills.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.

Your Expectations and Commitment:

  • Make Service-Learning and leadership development a priority.
  • Attend a Madison Community Scholars orientation during the first week of the fall semester.
  • Serve approximately 8 hours per week including service to your community partner, regularly scheduled cohort and one-on-one meetings, and training/reflection opportunities.
  • Be in good academic standing and maintain full course load.
  • Enhance self-awareness.
  • Implement effective time management.
  • Develop effective individual and small group communication skills.


  • Application due by March 1 via the Madison Scholarship Hub.
  • Interviews will be held between before the end of spring semester.
  • Offers anticipated by the end of spring finals.
  • Correspond with CEVC as needed over the summer to ensure skills and interests complement communit-identified needs to confirm community partner placement.

Our Commitment: James Madison University does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race or color, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation or belief, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, parental status (including pregnancy), marital status, family medical or genetic information, in its employment, educational programs, activities, and admissions. JMU complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, affirmative action, and anti-harassment. The responsibility for overall coordination, monitoring and information dissemination about JMU’s program of equal opportunity, non-discrimination, and affirmative action is assigned to the Office of Equal Opportunity.  Inquiries or complaints may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity: James Robinson, Director (540)568-6991,, oeo@jmu.eduJMU prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment including sexual assault and other forms of inter-personal violence. The responsibility for overall coordination, monitoring and information dissemination about JMU’s Title IX program is assigned to the Title IX Coordinator.  Inquiries or complaints may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator: Amy Sirocky-Meck (540)568-5219,, Apply by March 1 on the Madison Scholarship Hub!

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