Are you passionate about gaining valuable work experience through sustained community engagement? 

Join our team as a Madison Community Scholar (MCS)!  

Madison Community Scholars: 

  • Gain work experience and career-readiness 
  • Partner with a local non-profit, school, or government agency 
  • Improve leadership, professional, and interpersonal skills  
  • Earn while making a social impact 

Participating students must:

  1. Either receive a Federal Work Study award as part of your financial aid package or
  2. Be a recipient of one of these three scholarships: Thomas Family Community Service Leadership Scholarship, Daisy Hancock Byrd ‘80 and Thomas R. Byrd Community Fellows, or Penny Henley ('66) and Bill George Scholarship Endowment Scholarship. 

“As a Madison Community Scholar, I coordinate with Vine and Fig, which works to cultivate and celebrate works of compassion, social justice, and ecological sustainability. The best part of my involvement has been working with the local community. Knowing that the systems we live under are failing can be upsetting, so it’s always great to collaborate within the community to meet each other's needs.”

-Brevin Bugauisan, Madison Community Scholar 

Details for MCS 2024-2025 will be available in June on PageUp. If you would like more information, please email


The Madison Community Scholars (MCS) program aims to enhance the capacity of local community organizations while strengthening the leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills of JMU students. 

MCS students facilitate projects and collaborate with community partners to address community-identified needs.

Since 2014, 2-3 students each year have benefited from this opportunity through scholarships. In addition, approximately 60 students participate annually through Federal Work Study funds. 

  1. Do you have a 2.0 GPA and receive a Federal Work Study award as part of your financial aid package? Or are you a recipient of a Bryd, Thomas, or George Scholarship? 
  2. Are you interested in engaging with the local community while enhancing your education? 
  3. Can you commit to working 6-8 hours per week for at least one semester, preferably one year? 
  4. Do you enjoy being part of a passionate team of campus and community leaders? Can you attend orientation and regularly scheduled workshops focused on gaining personal and professional skills and social impact? 

 If you answered yes to these questions, then MCS is right for you! 

To participate through a Federal Work Study award: 

To participate through a Byrd, Thomas, or George Scholarship: 

All applicants will then:

  • Complete an application on PageUp (review begins no later than June 15), which must include an electronic copy of your financial aid offer stating FWS eligibility. (Note: Positions have “off-campus” in the title and CEVC listed as the department.)  
  • Complete a satisfactory interview with CEVC staff. 
  • Be matched with an organization based on compatibility of skills, interests, availability, and transportation options (i.e., walking, personal vehicle, bike, and/or bus).

After you accept an offer from CEVC and Student Employment approves it, you will: 

  1. Attend an on-campus orientation (typically the first Friday of classes) to review expectations and plan with your community supervisor. 
  2. Complete all student employment paperwork (provided at orientation). 
  3. Receive an email from CEVC staff connecting you and your supervisor.   
  4. Join the Canvas course. 
Although each position is unique, some examples of responsibilities include support for administrative, human resources, education, childcare, community relations, event support, and/or marketing.    

MCS students are expected to: 

  1. Work with your community supervisor to determine a mutually agreed upon schedule, averaging 6 to 8 hours of work per week. 
  2. Fully participate in weekly workshops with other MCS students to gain personal and professional skills, learn about social impact, and make community engagement and leadership a priority.  Returning students will participate bi-weekly.  
  3. Communicate regularly with your site-supervisor and CEVC program coordinator. 
  4. Utilize TimeClock Plus to log hours worked by the deadlines specified in Canvas (Note: This is for Federal Work Study award recipients only). 

MCS students are matched with a local non-profit, public school, or local government agency according to your skills, interests, availability, transportation options, and the goals of each community organization. 

Currently, we have partnerships with organizations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, and Augusta County.

MCS students who receive a Federal Work Study award as part of their financial aid package are paid hourly. This will include all orientation and training sessions, workshops, and on-site hours. Students are paid twice a month based on the hours submitted on the time sheet two weeks prior to the pay day. 

MCS students who are recipients of the Bryd, Thomas, or George Scholarship award will receive funds at the beginning of each semester via MyMadison

Paycheck disbursement dates for Federal Work Study award recipients can be found online on the Payroll Services webpage. 
A breakdown of your paycheck can be found on MyMadison under the Employee tab. Paychecks are viewable one week before the amount is disbursed in your account.  
A copy of your W-2 can be found in MyMadison under the Employee tab. W-2s will be available by the last day in January each year. If you do not receive your W-2 or need more information, please follow the steps listed on the Payroll Services webpage.  

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