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James Madison Scholarships

Rachel Kahan Memorial Scholarship (DC Study Away Program)

For MSU's Washington, D.C. Internship 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.