James Madison, the author of the Constitution and fourth President of the United States, served as a charter member of Hampden-Sydney's Board of Trustees. The Madison Scholarships were established to honor enrolled students who have excelled in the classroom during their time at Hampden-Sydney and have also made a positive impact in the campus community.
At the end of each spring semester, the Honors Council will review the academic performance of all rising sophomores. Those rising sophomores who are not already Honors Scholars but who have outstanding academic records will be invited to apply for a Madison Scholarship during the fall of their sophomore year (or, in the case of transfer students, in the fall following their initial matriculation at the College.) The applications will be carefully reviewed during the early part of the spring semester and the recipients of the Madison Scholarships will be announced by the Dean of the Faculty.
Madison Scholars will receive a grant of $20,000 (in place of their original academic scholarship) for tuition per year for two years. Additional funding beyond these awards is possible through our regular financial aid programs, based on a student's financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grant awards, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid.