COVID-19 has affected many families in the Madison community and our students need emergency scholarship support.

Social distancing, while necessary, has caused market losses, unemployment and food insecurity. In response, our alumni, parents and friends around the world are asking how they can help students who need immediate assistance and support the university they love. They understand this pandemic presents challenges for all of us, some moreso than others. We are making hard decisions we have never had to make before, both as a nation and as a university. The financial impact is significant and growing.

If you are in a position to help, you can provide critical support to these students and JMU with a gift today.

ICYMI: You can deduct a $300 gift from your taxes. The CARES Act passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic also allows all taxpayers, including those who take the standard deduction, to deduct charitable gifts of up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return.

University Health Center

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All funds raised for the University Health Center provide the additional resources and supplies — like increased staff, testing and COVID-19 care kits — needed to support our students throughout the pandemic. 

Madison for Keeps

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Emergency scholarships help Dukes stay Dukes after a family’s sudden financial loss due to crises like illness or reduction of wages during a work shutdown.

JMU Counseling Center

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The JMU Counseling Center provides students with free virtual and in-person mental health care from expert, experienced professionals.

JMU Campus Pantry

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The JMU Campus Pantry provides food and hygiene items, which help students meet their basic needs, as well as interdisciplinary educational programming.

Innovative Online Teaching and Learning

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Enhance student access and support in online environments, build faculty online teaching capacity, and develop and implement online innovations.

The Madison Vision Fund

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The Madison Vision Fund provides the vital, flexible funds required to meet the most urgent needs of the university.


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