Scholarship Overview

Endowment principal. Established November 1994 through the support of Steve and Sammi Nielsen. Recipients of the JM Scholars Scholarship must have demonstrated academic potential as evidenced by grades and college entrance exam scores; who also have a genuine enthusiasm for life and learning and a demonstrated willingness to engage in creative, challenging activities outside the classroom. This scholarship is for attracting and retaining scholars in higher education. This scholarship may be awarded one time only or may follow the recipient thru their undergraduate years not to exceed a total of four years (five years for majors requiring a fifth year) provided the student is in good merit standing with the university.

Annual award amount

Need Based

Eligibility Criteria
Freshmen   Sophomore   Junior   Senior  


Special application requirements

This scholarship requires the student to complete the General Application in Madison Scholarships Hub (the Hub). For further information about how to log into the Hub and application deadlines, please see our website:

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