Jmu alumni association legacy scholarships

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The James Madison University Legacy Scholarship program honors matriculating students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) graduated from JMU. Two renewable scholarships are awarded each year that can be renewed for up to four years as long as the recipient maintains good academic standing. Numerous one-time legacy scholarships of varying amounts, funded by the sale of JMU Virginia state license plates, are also awarded to legacy freshman who are Virginia residents.

Legacy Scholars are designated on the basis of achievement. Legacy scholarships are not granted on the basis of financial need.
Application requirements:

  1. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. The receipt of electronic applications will be acknowledged within two business days. Candidates should submit electronic applications a few days ahead of the May 29, 2015 deadline to ensure timely delivery. Please identify your saved file “your first name, last name, legacy app.doc.” Send electronic applications to:

  1. Although electronic submissions are the preferred method, applicants can also use the online Word document of the application to respond by mail. Please print legibly. Paper submissions should be mailed to:

Legacy Scholarships

2002 Alumni Drive, MSC 4402

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

  1. All three components of the application must be completed:

  1. Demographic information and verifiable Legacy connection

  2. Summaries of personal achievements (including school and non-school sponsored activities, community service, honors and awards, employment history)

  3. Essay

  1. Applications are due by close of business 5:00 p.m., Friday May 29, 2015.

  1. Legacy connections will be verified within two days of receipt of the application. If no legacy connection is verified, the application is void.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered for Legacy Scholarships

Please do NOT use abbreviations.

-Additional Pages may be attached as needed-

Name of candidate

Home address

Home phone/ cell phone

Email address

Name and address of High School

Year graduated high school

List names of parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) who attended JMU (note: Please include maiden names)

Relationship to candidate (mother, grandparent, etc)

Year family member graduated JMU

Note: please do NOT abbreviate.
List school-sponsored activities you participated in (limited to past four years):



(such as academic, music, art, theater, athletic, service)

# years participated in each activity

Leadership positions held for each activity

Example: National Honor Society


3 complete school years

President (2011); Secretary (2010); member 2009

List other (non-school-sponsored) activities you participated in (limited to past four years):


Category (such as academic, music, art, theater, athletic, service)

# years participated in each activity

Describe level of participation

Example: ABC Swim Team


4 years total participation

Team Member

List honors, awards, special recognition (local, state, national):

Honors and awards

Name and address of Entity designating award

Purpose of award

Optional: Additional information

Example: XYZ Humanitarian Award

Local Kiwanis, XYZ, Virginia

Organized and executed food collection drive for local homeless shelter.

100 hours given; 600 pounds food collected

List any community service you participated in (limited to past four years):



# years activity/hours donated

Describe service provided

Example: Local Homeless Shelter

Community Service

4 years and 100 hours service donated

Volunteered at the shelter cleaning rooms.

List employment history (limited to the past four years):


Address and phone number of employer

# years/hours

Describe work duties (briefly)

Examples: McDonalds

XYZ North Highway, XYZ, VA 703-xxx-0000

3 years/ 10 hrs weekly

Food preparation; customer service; retail sales

Please limit essay to three typed pages (double spaced, 12-pt font Times New Roman recommended). In addressing following prompt, the essay should demonstrate thoughtfulness, organization, literacy). Legacy scholarships are based on achievement and support the promise of collegiate success.
Discuss experiences you have had that recommend you as a Legacy Scholar. In your discussion, please explain why you aspire to become a Legacy Scholar and how you expect to honor the tradition of legacy scholarship at JMU.

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