May 6, 2015 at 5:30pm
Deb Hale Kirchner

Celebrations of ScholarshipDid you agonize over choosing just the right topic for your JMS project as a Millikin student? You now have that in common with 40 years of MU alumni and students. This academic year marks the 40th anniversary of the James Millikin Scholars program.

Established during the 1974-75 academic year, a limited number of applicants are chosen for this selective honors scholarship program each year. As a program hallmark, students present conclusions of their individual two-year independent study research projects during spring of the senior year. To date, only 1,100 MU graduates have been named James Millikin Scholars as students.

The sibling to the JMS program, the Presidential Scholars program, was established during the 1984-85 academic year to recognize exemplary incoming first-year students with outstanding academic records as well as demonstrated community service and community/school leadership. Presidential Scholars receive full-tuition scholarships and must also complete a research project before graduation. Fewer than 140 students were named Presidential Scholars during the past 30 years.

A dinner honoring alumni of both honors programs was held in April.

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