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The JMU Parents Council provides an opportunity to participate in the university’s dynamic programs. Formed in 1978, the council involves parents in JMU affairs and provides a forum for exchanging information about JMU activities and programs.

The Council consists of 200+ members. Council members represent each of the four classes and are eligible to serve until their students are no longer enrolled at JMU. Parents, guardians, couples and singles are encouraged to apply. The Parents Council serves as a liaison between the university and parents, provides advice and guidance on programs related to parents/families, and serves as an effective spokesperson and advocate for the university.

Our Members

Find a Parents Council member near your area here: Current Members Alumni Members

Parents Council

Member Responsibilities
  • Participate in the Parents Council Endowed Scholarship fund or any JMU fund of choice.
  • Attend meetings held on the Friday of Family Weekend and the spring meeting in March/April.
  • Serve on one of five subcommittees: academics, enrollment services, finance and physical development, resource development or student life. Members are reassigned to a new subcommittee each fall semester. Subcommittees meet at each Parents Council meeting.
  • Serve as hosts at their area’s First-Year Send Off in July/August.
Support Our Cause

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.

Support the Parents Council Endowment

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