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Academic Scholarships

JMU HAS ALWAYS ATTRACTED STUDENTS who want to succeed personally while making the world a better place. Our stellar academic programs and internationally recognized faculty — known for making teaching their priority and relationships with students central — ensure that these dedicated individuals will flourish here. Yet without a robust program of scholarship support, JMU is losing many promising and deserving students to other universities where families get the scholarship support they need to make college affordable.


With your help students won’t have to sacrifice or settle for their second-choice university. Scholarships, fueled by donors like you, open our doors to more students, helping them unleash their full potential to prosper and improve the world around us.

  • Competitive Recruitment Awards: To make JMU a practical financial choice for students who have offers from other schools, a scholarship gift that produces a minimum award of $2,000 to $5,000 annually is just what the Office of Admissions needs.
  • Dukes Pay It Forward: Your leadership gift will help students realize their dreams of a Madison education. The meaningful relationship you build through your ongoing mentorship will encourage your recipient to excel at JMU and inspire your graduating Duke to give back to the university too. You will build a culture of philanthropy that will grow long into the future.
  • Mentored/Engaged Learning Scholarships: Help sustain what makes us Madison — the faculty-student relationship at the heart of our learning enterprise. Your gift of a mentored scholarship will support a professor and a student who are engaged together beyond the classroom — in research and scholarly activity, community and civic endeavors, and experiential learning and real-world projects.
  • Honors Scholarships: Help support the Honors College by helping to recruit students who wish to do something distinctive and extraordinary for the world. Their accomplishments and involvement with other students and professors in their majors and across campus will help raise the academic profile of the entire university.
  • Named Scholarships: A scholarship with your name on it carries prestige by recognizing a student’s achievements and bringing more accomplished students to JMU.


Like all leading universities, JMU must provide scholarships to attract America’s best and brightest. Our future depends on it. When you invest in scholarships at JMU, you increase our ability to enroll accomplished students with diverse perspectives and experiences, people with a high potential for improving the learning environment for everyone here. Helping us to recruit these top prospects means we can include more people in the Madison Experience, which both benefits society and raises JMU’s national profile.


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