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James Madison Scholarships

Online Applications for First-years

During the first week of February 2017, letters were sent to James Madison College admitted first-year Fall Semester 2017 students, informing them which scholarships are available for incoming first-year students. This letter also included details about how to apply for these scholarships. All scholarships are due on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:59pm. Awardees will be notified by mid-April after the committee has reached their decision.


Scholarships for Current Students


College Scholarships

Internship/Study Abroad Scholarships


Scholarships for Incoming Students


First year scholarships available each year vary. Admitted freshman are notified of specific scholarship opportunities and the application process in early February of their admitted year. Applications generally consist of submitting responses to essay prompts, personal statements, and/or resumes.

James Madison College Alumni Endowed Scholarship

Open to every admitted student in the first year class, this scholarship is designed to introduce students to the College’s focus on interdisciplinary study in the social sciences and public affairs.

James Madison College Alumni Diversity Scholarship

Open to every student admitted into the first year class, this scholarship is designed to emphasize the importance of ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity in the college and will be awarded to the essayist most likely to contribute to or to support actively the goal of diversity.

James Madison College, The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship

The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship was founded by Jeffrey Cummings, a 1984 Madison graduate, to honor his parents and their life-long commitment to public affairs, civic activities, and education. The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist the James Madison College in its effort to recruit and retain students whose presence will further the College's compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a racially and ethnically diverse student body. This essay competition is open to all incoming first year students who are planning to enroll at the James Madison College of Michigan State University during the upcoming fall term.

The Freeman-Darling James Madison Fellows Scholarship

Open to every student admitted to the James Madison College first-year class. This scholarship honors two accomplished and generous supporters of James Madison College, Michigan State University and public affairs education. Ms. Marilyn Darling is a graduate of the college as well as a very active leader of Madison’s Board of Visitors. It is the donor’s hope that recipients of this award will feel an ethical obligation at a future date to support the college and actively participate in assisting future generations of Madison students.

Dixie Platt Fellows Scholarship

This gift honors Dixie C. Platt, formerly Director of Academic and Student Affairs. Mrs. Platt was known for her sound judgment and sensitivity to students and faculty. Her own career has affirmed the relationship between liberal education and public service. This four-year scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student for the fall academic term.

The A. Gordon Adams Scholarship

This gift honors A. Gordon Adams, Jr. a 1942 graduate of Michigan State University who spent most of his professional career with the First Michigan Corporation specializing in bond sales for government units, agencies and public service organizations. His own career has affirmed his belief in the benefits of a broad and liberal education and in the importance of students whose understandings of public affairs can forge public and private linkages that emphasize the value of service.