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Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

Scholarship Resources Office, University of Colorado Denver

Madison Scholarship

James Madison Fellowship
U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that offers a qualifying master's degree program are eligible to apply. Applicants must be committed to teaching American history, American government, and/or social studies full time in grades 7–12.  Each year, one student from each state is chosen for this scholarship. 
Focus- Students who have a passion to study and learn the American Constitution, and future instructors who want to study American History, American Government, or Social Studies (grades 7-12)
Eligibility- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National, students who plan on becoming a teacher of American History, American Government, or Social Studies (grades 7-12), possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive one no later than August 31st of the application year, previous graduate degree holders must wait at least 3 years from time the graduate degree was awarded before applying for this fellowship
Criteria-Applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence; applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject; demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility; demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and their proposed courses of graduate study; proposed graduate plan must include at least 12 semester (18 quarter) credits of constitutional study
Submission- Online application, transcripts uploaded or mailed, Letters of Recommendation submitted online
Requirements- After earning a Master’s degree,  fellows must teach American History, American Government, or Social Studies (grades 7-12) for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship; must pursue in one of the following areas, Masters of Arts in American History or in political science, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating in either American Constitutional History, American Government, or political theory, Master of Education, Master of Arts, or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American History or American Government;  fellows MUST attend the 4 week Summer Institute on the Constitution held in July at Georgetown University
Benefits- Up to $24,000 prorated over period of study, not to exceed $12,000/academic year
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