James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Law and Legal Definition

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal government that provides educational funding of up to $24,000 each for qualified students who are United States citizens or the United States Nationals committed to teaching American history, American government, or social studies full time in grades 7 to 12.

The foundation was established by Congress in 1986, in honor of President James Madison. The purpose of the foundation is to encourage graduate study of the U.S. Constitution, its roots, formation, principles, and development, with the objective of strengthening education about the Constitution to future secondary school level students, helping create a better understanding and appreciation of American government, and the value of participating in it. Funding for the foundation's programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.