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Scholarships

Scholarship applications are now open for Spring Break, Summer and Fall 2020 and Spring 2021!

*All students must start an application to a JMU study abroad program(s) PRIOR to applying for any JMU scholarships. 

Anyone can study abroad...

The challenge is finding the program that fits both your needs and your budget. Spending a summer, semester, or year abroad is a valuable academic and personal experience. The good news is that financial aid is available to defray your educational costs abroad. In addition to the scholarships listed below, please visit the Financial Aid website to learn about study abroad financial aid eligibility.

JMU Study Abroad Scholarships

Below you will find a list of scholarships and their elegibility requirements. To apply for any of the undergraduate scholarships below, complete the undergraduate scholarship application above. Based on your answers to the questions, the scholarship committee will decide the scholarships for which you are eligible (it is possible to be considered for more than one scholarship). If you are a graduate student, please read about the scholarship opportunity at the bottom of this page and submit the graduate scholarship application above. If you have questions about specific scholarships, email studyabroad@jmu.edu.

The scholarship application for the scholarships below is due November 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted.

JMU Summer Abroad Scholarship - $1,000

The Center for Global Engagement will be offering several scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for students participating on one of our JMU Short-Term or Summer Semester programs for the fall or spring semester. 

This scholarship applies to the following JMU programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp, Florence, London, Salamanca or Scotland
  • Short-term Programs (spring break 2020 or summer 2020)

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

JMU Semester Abroad Scholarship - $5,000

The Center for Global Engagement will be offering several scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students participating on one of our JMU Semester Programs for the fall or spring semester.

This scholarship applies to the following JMU programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca
  • JMU Study At... Programs (Oxford, St. Andrews)

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

Centennial Scholars and 1st Generation Abroad - $1,000 (Summer) and $5,000 (Semester)

The Center for Global Engagement along with the Office of Access and Inclusion will be offering several scholarships for students participating on one of our JMU Study Abroad Programs during fall, spring, spring break, or summer terms.

This scholarship applies to students who meet the following criteria:

  • A member of the Centennial Scholars Program or identify as a 1st Generation college student

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

JMU Exchange Programs Scholarship - $1,000

The Center for Global Engagement will be offering several scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for students participating in one of our JMU Exchange Programs for the fall or spring semester.

This scholarship applies to the following programs:

  • Any of our JMU Exchange Programs for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2020.

The Holly Bachand ('84) Finchem and Timothy W. Finchem Scholarship - $1,000

In the fall of 2012, Semester in London alum Holly Bachand Finchem and her husband Timothy Finchem established The Holly Bachand (’84) Finchem and Timothy W. Finchem Scholarship for Study Abroad. As an alum, Holly wanted to help students realize the benefits of study abroad. Her goal in setting up the scholarship was to eliminate some of the financial barriers. This scholarship will be a $1,000 award designated for any student participating in a JMU study abroad program.  The Donors intend this scholarship to be a special resource to facilitate study abroad experiences for students who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence.

This scholarship applies to the following JMU programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp, Florence, London, Salamanca or Scotland
  • Short-term Programs (spring break 2020 or summer 2020)

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays.

Helene Cecile Gallagher Scholarship - $1,000

Born in 1963, Helene Cecile "Nina" Gallagher attended Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia and attended JMU as did her three siblings, John, Kevin, and Diane. Among Helene’s various interests were an extensive involvement with her major in the communications and the theatre departments and a minor in philosophy and religion. While at JMU, she appeared in several productions, including The Ice Man ComethRemus Tales, and Hedda Gabler. Helene attended the JMU Semester in London during the fall of 1983 and was awarded a scholarship herself for an outstanding essay she had written. While attending classes at JMU the following summer, she died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 21. To commemorate her short but meaningful life, Helene's family and friends support this ongoing endowed scholarship.

This scholarship applies to the following JMU program:

  • Semester in London

This scholarship award will be based on application essays.

Kevin Robert Dunbar ('80) Scholarship - $1,000

An endowed scholarship established with a gift from Kevin Robert Dunbar '80, Vice Chairman & President of Dunbar Armored, Inc. to create the Kevin Robert Dunbar '80 Scholarship Endowment for the Semester in London Program.

This scholarship applies to the following JMU program:

  • Semester in London

This scholarship award will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by GPA, financial need, and application essays. *Students must have a FAFSA on file to qualify for the scholarship. 

Michael and Amanda Ross Scholarship - $4,000

Michael P. ‘92 and Amanda Beard ‘93 Ross have generously established an endowment that awards need-based scholarships for qualifying students studying in the Semester in London study abroad program.  

This scholarship applies to the following JMU program:

  • Semester in London

This scholarship award will be based on financial need.

Katelyn Fuller Cavelius ('11, '12M) and Kelsey E. Fuller ('14) Scholarship

Established with a gift from the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation, the Katelyn Fuller Cavelius '11, '12M and Kelsey E. Fuller '14 Scholarship for Study Abroad will provide resources to facilitate engaged-learning study abroad experiences for James Madison University students. 

This scholarship applies to the following JMU programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp, Florence, London, Salamanca or Scotland
  • Short-term Programs (spring break 2020 or summer 2020)

This scholarship award will be based on financial need and application essays.

Foreign Language Teaching Licensure Scholarship - $1,000

JMU offers a $1,000 scholarship to support the mandatory semester abroad requirement to the students enrolled in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' teaching licensure program in French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

To be eligible for this scholarship the students must be:

  • admitted to a Teacher Education program through the JMU Educational Support Center and
  • enrolled into a JMU Study Abroad semester program or an eligible provider semester program for fall or spring semester
The Graduate School Global Opportunity Scholarship - $1,000

The Global Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide support for students who participate in graduate-level study abroad experiences, including, but not limited to, short-term and residential graduate programs at JMU, internship and field placements outside the United States, and conducting research outside the United States. Students must be enrolled in classes for the term in which they would like to receive funding. Students presenting at conferences outside the United States are not eligible for this award; instead, those students should apply for international travel support through The Graduate School’s Travel Grant Program.

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