Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarship Applications for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 are CLOSED.
*All students must FIRST start an application to a JMU study abroad program(s) PRIOR to applying for any JMU scholarships. Students may apply for a maximum of 2 study abroad programs per term. 

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.  Financial aid is available to defray your educational costs abroad.  Study abroad grants and scholarships help to bridge the gap between your usual university cost and the additional cost of a study abroad experience.  The information provided by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and other links in this section will get you started.

Federal and State Financial Aid

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JMU Semester Program 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 programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca

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

Students must apply to one of the JMU Semester programs (Fall 2018 or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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JMU Summer Abroad Scholarship Application | Short-Term and Summer Semester ($1,000)

Each summer JMU offers a wide array of programs and study abroad destinations.

This scholarship applies JMU the following JMU programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp, Florence, London, Salamanca -or- Scotland
  • Short-term (Programs (spring break 2018 -or- summer 2018)

For students participating in one of these faculty-led opportunities or a JMU Summer Semester Program, the Center for Global Engagement will be offering several $1,000 scholarships to help support these experiences.

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

Students must apply to one of the JMU Semester (Summer 2018) or Short-Term programs (Spring Break 2018, Summer 2018) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship | Short-Term and Summer Semester ($2,500)

The Center for Global Engagement in collaboration with the Institue of International Education is pleased to offer six $2,500 scholarships to JMU study abroad students.  This scholarship applies to all JMU Summer 2018 study abroad programs.  Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  Priority is given to certain underrepresented student groups in study abroad including but not limited to first-generation students, students of color, first-year students, student athletes, and students from the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

Students must apply to one of the JMU Summer 2018 Study Abroad Programs -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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Centennial Scholars Abroad - Semester Program Scholarship ($5,000)

The Center for Global Engagement along with the Office of Access and Inclusion 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 programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca

Scholarship Criteria:

-Applicant must be a member of the Centennial Scholars Program.
-Applicant must have a completed application on file for JMU Semester Program for the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 term(s). 

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

Students must apply to one of the JMU Semester programs (Fall 2018 or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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Kevin Robert Dunbar ’80 Scholarship for the Semester in London ($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. 

Students must apply and be accepted to the JMU Semester in London program -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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The Holly Bachand (’84) Finchem and Timothy W. Finchem Scholarship for Study Abroad ($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 Semester program. 

This scholarship applies to the following programs:

  • Semester in Antwerp
  • Semester in Florence
  • Semester in London
  • Semester in Salamanca
  • Semester in Scotland

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.

Students must apply to one of the JMU Semester programs (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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Helene Cecile Gallagher Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship applies to the following JMU program:

  • Semester in London

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 the ongoing endowed scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a Semester in London student. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 toward the JMU Semester in London Program, deposited directly into their student accounts.

Students must apply and be accepted to the JMU Semester in London program (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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Michael and Amanda Ross Study Abroad Scholarship ($4,000)

This scholarship applies to the following JMU program:

  • Semester in London

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.  

Students must apply and be accepted to the JMU Semester in London program (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application by November 1, 2017.

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Katelyn Fuller Cavelius '11,'12M and Kelsey E. Fuller ’14 Scholarship  ($1,000)

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. Preference in the awarding of scholarships will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must apply and be accepted to a JMU program (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019) -AND- complete the scholarship application.

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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 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 (http://www.jmu.edu/grad/current-students/awards/travel-grants.shtml).

Scholarship applications must be completed by November 1, 2017.

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JMU Semester Abroad Work Programs

JMU Semester Abroad Work Programs allow students to apply for positions of Resident Advisor, Student Activities Assistant, or Program Assistants. These positions are not always available for each JMU program. Currently positions are available for the London and Antwerp semester programs.

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JMU Foreign Language Teaching Licensure Scholarship ($1,000)
JMU offers a $1000 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 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.

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