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Preparing great minds…

The College of Arts and Letters offers high-quality programs of specialized study in the social sciences, humanities, communication and the arts, and in several pre-professional and cross disciplinary areas.

Your gift ensures students have a place at JMU where they can are working to become educated and enlightened citizens. That’s powerful.

Your commitment to promoting lifelong learning ensures that students experience a challenging array of courses designed to sharpen their analytical abilities; enhance their cultural awareness, while maintaining our commitment to free but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.  Your gift supports professors who love to teach and mentor students; guide student scholarship, research and creative projects; and engage students in service-learning. That’s meaningful.

The students you support explore meaning and context as well as master skills in hands-on learning. They publish award-winning magazines, newspapers and journals; make films; compete on the nation's top debate and individual events teams; test their skills in scholarly research and contests; work as advocates in service-learning projects, and more. And employers snap them up.

These Madison graduates are prepared to engage society in the meaningful endeavors that will better the human condition. 

Your gift makes it possible.

Fund Description
The Breeze Stay informed of events around campus and the community and contribute to our award wining, official student newspaper.
Communication Studies Fund Support the study of human communication, which is central to achieving the betterment of self and community.
Media Arts and Design Fund Ensure that curriculum and programs continue to educate students who can excel in a rapidly evolving media environment.
Forensics Individual Events Support the Forensics team and its student talent as the team travels and represents JMU at speech-related competitions.
Debate Team Help the JMU debate team continue to be one of the best policy debate teams in the country.
The English Department Fund Help provide students with the strong foundation in the skillful use of language that employers seek.
College of Arts and Letters Fund Launch students on a lifelong search for knowledge and understanding the human condition through rigorous scholarly inquiry.
Foreign Language Fund Give students foreign language competency, global perspective and an understanding of ancient and modern cultures.
Journalism Program Support Fund the next generation of writers and reporters by providing them tools to report in engaging and conscientious ways.
The History Department Fund Give students historical knowledge and the independent critical thinking, communication and research skills to use it.
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Fund Support this fund to help students in their quest to become effective and persuasive communicators.
Justice Studies Program Fund Help students develop an understanding of justice as they prepare to invest themselves in helping others.
The Nelson Institute Fund Support the institute as it studies ways to fight global terrorism and strengthen our nation's strategic position.
Philosophy and Religion Fund Support students as they delve into questions at the heart of the nature of knowledge and human beliefs.
Political Science Department Fund Support the Political Science Department as it prepares students for careers in the world of government and politics.
Sociology and Anthropology Fund Help students understand ancient and modern cultures, relationships and the spectrum of human diversity.
MPRI Interactive Media Scholarship Support a rising senior preparing for a career in interactive media who shows academic achievement and financial need.
The William King Charitable Trust Scholarship Support students in the Ghana summer abroad program interested in studying Africa and Ghana in particular.
Neckowitz Study Abroad Scholarship Support a high achieving student who demonstrates financial need and is participating in a study abroad program.
SMAD General Scholarships Support a dynamic JMU major that teaches a fusion of media skills, technologies, and communication strategies
Political Science Professors Fund Honor the dedication of retired Madison professors by supporting continued enhancement of teaching and research at JMU. Read More
Madison History Alumni Scholarship Help history alumni make a difference and build connections in the lives of undergraduate history students at JMU
One Day One University Scholarship For a rising senior in Digital Video and Cinema or Converged Media concentration.
SMAD Alumni Professional Advisory Council Scholarship Support SMAD students that show promise and commitment to their field.
Professional Advisory Council for Faculty Support Support SMAD faculty and help them launch students into the study of media, arts, design, and communication.
Dr. William W. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Support an upperclassman who demonstrates financial need and intends to enter seminary or divinity school.
Liberal Arts Legacy Fund Help retain the liberal arts professors who open doors and transform student lives with their teaching and mentoring. Read More
Dr. Ralph and Libby O. Cohen Technological Humanism Graduate Program Honor and recognize Libby Cohen's long-standing commitment to creative education.
Whitten Maher Memorial Scholarship Fund Honor the life of JMU alumnus Whitten Maher and provide scholarship funding for a student to pursue Writing and Graphic Design.
International Affairs Program upport the understanding of foreign cultures and societies, the dynamics of world politics, and other worldviews.
Lawrence Cain Memorial Fund Support a deserving student studying Media Arts and Design and honor the memory of Lawrence Cain.
JMU Washington Semester Program Fund Donations will support need-based scholarships for students seeking financial aid to participate in JMU Washington Semester.
Alison Bailey Parker ('12) Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Journalism Honor the beautiful memory of Alison Bailey Parker ('12) by supporting this scholarship for juniors and seniors in the School of Media Arts and Design's journalism program.
Arts and Letters Opportunity Fund Provide scholarships for academically qualified, under-represented students, first-generation students, and students of modest means.
Pre-Law Program Fund Support the Pre-Law Program in the College of Arts and Letters.
Political Science Equity Fund Support the Political Science Equity Fund to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and access.
Bluestone Scholarship in the School of Communication Studies The Bluestone Scholarship is an annual merit based scholarship to support students' pursing a degree in Communication Studies.

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