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For a full list of all scholarships, visit the MSU Scholarships main page.


Scholarships for Current Students

College Scholarships

  • Herbert Garfinkel Award for Outstanding Community Service

    The Herbert Garfinkel Award for Community Service is presented annually to the graduating senior whose record best exemplifies the integration of voluntary community service into his or her program of study in public affairs. Named after the founding Dean of James Madison College, this award reflects his and the College's commitment to public and community service in its many forms as an integral part of Madison's mission and program of study.

    All graduating seniors, from fall, spring and summer semesters of a given academic year, are eligible for the Garfinkel Award. To be considered for this award, students must have a strong and abiding commitment to community service, demonstrated by volunteer and other community activities. They must also have shown a strong academic competence and good character throughout their time at Madison. The best candidates will have successfully blended their academic, personal and service lives into an integrated whole.

    Students must be nominated to be considered. Any member of the Madison community-- student, faculty, staff or alumni-- may make nominations for the Garfinkel award. Nominations should take the form of a letter, presenting the case for the nominee in a clear, detailed and verifiable manner. No self nominations will be accepted. For more information, including nomination instructions and deadline, please contact the Dean's Office.


    Nomination materials should be submitted to Dean Brian Johnson via email to john3582@msu.edu and marked the following way:
    Herbert Garfinkel Award
    JMC's Office of Justice, Equity, & Inclusion
    Attn: Assistant Dean Brian Johnson

    Deadline to submit is 11:59 PM, Monday, April 10th

  • The Ron Dorr Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing
    Established in 2002, the Ron Dorr Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing is awarded annually in recognition of the best academic essay, autobiographical narrative, or piece of creative writing submitted by a James Madison College student. The award is named in honor of Professor Ron Dorr, whose vision, dedication, and passion for teaching have immeasurably enriched the College.

    Professor Dorr's founding vision of a first-year writing program focused on the human dimensions of public affairs has insured that, from their first semester on campus, James Madison students are encouraged to “take serious books seriously,” gaining an appreciation for the richness and complexity of the human experience by engaging with significant texts from the humanities.

    Dorr's dedication to fostering his students' analytical abilities has contributed to the College's reputation for graduating students skilled at conveying complex ideas clearly, in writing and in speech. His own passion for ideas and model of self-reflection have helped his students develop the habits of mind essential to a liberal education. His sponsorship of the Madison “Madhouses” has enabled countless students to share their literary and musical talents, enhancing the sense of community that is vital to a residential college.

    Dorr's commitment to educating the whole student--in the classroom, in his office hours, and at evening Madhouses--embodies the College's primary mission of excellence in undergraduate teaching. The Dorr Award acknowledges the central place of writing in the Madison curriculum, and honors Ron Dorr's outstanding contributions to the Madison community.
  • Doug Toma Scholarship for Outstanding Roommates and Case Hall Residents

    About the Scholarship

    • Do people gather in your room to hang out?
    • Is your roommate engaged in planning fun and interesting extracurricular activities, for you and others on your floor?
    • Is your roommate a recognized leader on your floor, someone to whom others turn for advice and ideas?
    • Is your roommate actively involved in the extracurricular life of James Madison College, in student organizations and campus activities that enhance the overall experience of College?

    Recognize your outstanding roommate for their contributions to your college experience, your floor and the living learning environment in Case Hall. This $3000 scholarship has been established by friends of JMC alumnus Doug Toma (Socio-Economics '86) to recognize and support those students who best exemplify the "residential college" elements of the Madison experience.

    Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in James Madison College and have lived in Case Hall for the last two semesters to receive this award. Recipients are required to live in Case Hall during the subsequent academic year while the scholarship award is paid. The scholarship will recognize students who are outstanding roommates, active participants in the residential college community of James Madison College and students who add value to the living and learning experience in the residence hall.

    How to Apply

    1. Nomination essay of at least a page from a roommate or Residence Assistant describing why this student is a valued roommate, friend and peer.
    2. At least one letter of recommendation from someone other than the nominator (i.e. roommate, RA, floormate, or others familiar with the nominee's extracurricular contributions) documenting the nominee's contribution to their floor, extra-curricular organizations and activities, and the value of those contributions to the academic atmosphere of Case Hall and James Madison College.
    3. Nominee invited to submit resume documenting those same activities.
    4. Preference will be given to roommates assigned through a blind draw prior to their first year in Case Hall, but all roommates regardless of how the pairing took place should apply.

    Visit the Doug Toma Scholarship to learn the purpose for establishing this award, and how to nominate your roommate to be the next Outstanding Roommate in Case Hall. Please write professional essays and letters worthy of the college’s commitment to quality writing and the nominee you are supporting. Application materials must be submitted electronically to Katie Dyjach (in the Dean’s Office) at dyjachk@msu.edu.

    For more information, please contact Rocky Beckett (beckettr@msu.edu).

  • Sylvia E. Tramm Scholarship Fund in James Madison College

    Sylvia Tramm was a lifelong advocate, activist and volunteer in support of public education and the opportunity it promises for all.

    The Sylvia E. Tramm Scholarship Fund in James Madison College is awarded to outstanding sophomore students based on financial need and merit.  Top first year students who are not already receiving scholarships are invited by James Madison College's Academic and Student Affairs Office to apply for this scholarship.

    Because the Sylvia E. Tramm Scholarship is available by invitation only, the application form is not posted.

Internship/Education Abroad Scholarships

  • James Madison College Education Abroad Scholarships

    The College is accepting applications from James Madison College students for scholarships to support participation in Education Abroad programs in Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. While you need to specify the program for which you're applying, you need not have been formally accepted into the program at the time of the scholarship application.

    Application Deadlines
    Summer & Fall semesters: February 28 (of each year)
    DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 20 for Summer 2023

    Spring semester: November 15 (of each year)

    To apply:
    Student Application Form | Faculty Recommendation Form

    Students do not need to be enrolled in Education Abroad credit at the time of application, but must be enrolled before receiving the award. Recipients are also expected to complete a Letter of Acknowledgement to the scholarship donor.

    All applicants will automatically be considered for the Smith-Zinman Award, the JMC Alumni Association Awards, the Burton Gerber Award, the Lily Ann Klinger Memorial Award (for SRP students), and the Dean's Awards.

    For more information, please contact Max Olivero, oliverom@msu.edu, or at 517-353-6757.

  • MSU Office for Education Abroad Scholarships

    Financing your education abroad may mean multiple sources of funds including scholarships and fundraising. The Office for Education Abroad has its own scholarships, but be sure to look at other opportunities, especially in your MSU college(s) and also sources outside MSU.

    MSU Office for Education Abroad Scholarships

  • James Madison College Field Experience Scholarships

    The College is accepting applications from James Madison College students for scholarships to support participation in Field Experience internships in the Summer semester. While you need to specify the internship(s) for which you're applying, you need not have been formally accepted into an internship at the time of the scholarship application.

    Application Deadlines
    Summer semester: February 28 (of each year)
    DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 20 for Summer 2023

    To apply:
    Student Application Form | Faculty Recommendation Form

    Students do not need to be enrolled in Field Experience credit at the time of application, but must be enrolled before receiving the award. Recipients are also expected to complete a Letter of Acknowledgement to the scholarship donor.

    All applicants will automatically be considered for the JMC Alumni Association Field Experience Scholarships, the Douglas J. Hoekstra Award, the Katherine O’Sullivan See Award, the Lily Ann Klinger Memorial Award (for SRP applicants), and the Dolley Madison Awards. Applicants pursuing internships in the Chicago region will also be considered for the JMCAA Chicago Club Awards.

    For more information, please contact Max Olivero at oliverom@msu.edu

  • Gordon and Norma Guyer Public Policy Internship Award for internships in public policy
    • Students in ANY major are eligible to receive scholarships in the Gordon and Norma Guyer Endowed Internship Program
    • Students must arrange to be employed in a public policy related internship and enroll for MSU internship credit
    • Scholarships of at least $1,000 will be applicable towards a student's tuition
    • Students receiving a scholarship are expected to participate in activities of the Guyer program including an orientation session before the internship begins and a potential reception following internship completion.
    • Application materials are posted online:
    • To apply, submit all applications materials (hardcopy or PDF) to JMC Field Experience Coordinator:
    • Scholarships will be offered for Spring, Summer and Fall semester internships. Please watch for future postings.
  • MSU Federal Credit Union Internship Opportunity Award
    Through the generosity of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and individual donors, the MSU Career Services Network is able to grant stipend awards for undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships located in the United States during all semesters.
    The MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award program was established to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to accomplish educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek experiential learning opportunities to further progress toward their career.
    Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • Undergraduate MSU student in good standing
    • Accepted to or actively pursuing a high quality, unpaid, career-related internship focusing on the following areas: non-profit organizations, government, media, the arts, public relations and advertising;
    • Demonstrated financial need (as determined by student essay and the MSU Office of Financial Aid);
    • Open to U.S. based internships, preference will be given to applicants interning at non-profits located in the Lansing area, non-profits in Michigan and Michigan start-up businesses in operation less than two years;
    • Program is not open to students interning with an MSU department, who are interning internationally, who are past Award recipients, or graduate level students.

      Internship Awards

      Awards of up to $1,000 each are available.  The number of awards will be given based on available program funds and demonstrated student interest and need.  Contingent awards are available for students who have not accepted an internship offer by the semester deadline.

      Recipients will be required to express acceptance and appreciation in writing within three (3) weeks of notification of the award, participate in a pre-internship Career Services workshop and post-internship donor event, and help with other program-related activities (details shared after award notifications.)

      Application Checklist

      To be considered for this award, all applicants need to submit an MSUFCU Internship Award Application via Desire 2 Learn, a one (1) page personal essay and a current resume, all to MSU Career Services via their Desire 2 Learn account through the MSUFCU Intern Award Course. 

      All application materials must be uploaded into D2L by the semester deadline

      (see link below for deadline)

      Info at: https://careernetwork.msu.edu/resources/msufcu-internship-opportunity-award/

  • Rachel Kahan Memorial Scholarship (DC Study Away Program)

    Rachel P. Kahan Memorial Scholarship Application

    This award honors the memory of Rachel P. Kahan who was a graduate of MSU’s James Madison College and an alumnus of the College of Social Science Spring 2007 Washington, DC Semester Study Program. Also a member of DC Spartans Board, Rachel was very active in giving back to MSU and the DC Study Away program. Rachel passed away in 2012 after an inspiring battle against cancer. Rachel touched the lives of many Spartans and through this scholarship will continue to positively inspire active community participation and leadership.

    Applicants must be currently enrolled at Michigan State University and planning to participate in an internship in Washington, DC as part of MSU’s Semester Study Program. Recipients can be enrolled in any college at MSU, but must be in good academic standing. Those applicants who have demonstrated the Spartan tradition of community engagement and civic leadership are encouraged to apply.

    Application Procedure

    Applicants must submit the following application materials:

    • A completed Application for the Rachel P. Kahan Memorial Scholarship.
    • A resume of achievements to date.
    • A 2-3 page in response to the following question: How have you demonstrated intellectual curiosity, civic leadership and/or Spartan spirit during your time at Michigan State University and how will Rachel Kahan’s example influence your Washington, DC experience?
    • Two completed Recommendation Forms from a faculty member and/or academic advisor. Our office will send your recommender(s) the link to fill out the recommendation form. Please inform them ahead of time.

    Application Deadline for Fall and early Spring semester applicants is April 1.

  • Dr. Charles A. and Marjorie A. Gliozzo Endowed Scholarship for Domestic and International Internships

    Application (see back) [PDF]

    The Dr. Charles A. and Marjorie A. Gliozzo Endowed Scholarship for Domestic and International Internships provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited internship programs. Applicants must be MSU undergraduate students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application and accepted into an internship program as described below. Applicants must also be undergraduates at the time of the internship. There may be additional eligibility criteria that students need to meet in order to receive credit.

    The internship in which they participate:

    • Must be credit granting and approved by a MSU college
    • Must be on-site conducting the internship for 4 weeks minimum to one year maximum
    • May be domestic or international
    • May be in tandem with any MSU study abroad program
    • May be affiliated with the US State Department, other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, or the private sector 

    Financial need is not a factor in awarding this scholarship.

    To be considered, submit your application, essay and one letter of academic reference to the MSU Office of Study Abroad. Scholarships for variable amounts ranging from $500 to $1500 will be awarded to recipients.

    If you have questions about the application process or award, contact the MSU Office for Education Abroad, 517-353-8920 or abroad@msu.edu

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (for Pell Grant recipients)

    Apply Online

    The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the regions and countries where they go.

    The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to U.S. undergraduate students who demonstrate high financial need. This Scholarship is open to students studying participating in study abroad or international internship programs.

    To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must:

    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
    • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
    • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and four weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student's home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
    • Be proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State* or otherwise determined ineligible for program participation.

    Webinars are scheduled to help you with the application process. Please note that these take place in Central Standard Time (CST). To register, please go to the Gilman website.

    View Deadlines and Timelines for more details. Be sure to submit your application before the deadline as late applications will not be accepted.

  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Scholarship for Study Abroad, Internships & Research

    CLACS offers scholarships to support undergraduate experiential learning and grants to fund graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Scholarships here.