Fall 2017 Freshman Scholarships

WMU offers opportunities for students to earn merit-based or need-based scholarships. Students awarded more than one admission scholarship will be awarded the scholarship with the highest value.  Scholarships are subject to change.2014 Seita Scholars

The Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the resource for complete scholarship eligibility, renewal requirements as well as additional WMU scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are subject to change.

Looking for a particular scholarship? 

Click the link below to go right to that scholarship page, or view all scholarship options for beginner students (first-time, full-time freshman) entering fall 2017 in the chart below.

  

Scholarship Value Criteria Deadline

Medallion Scholarship 

$15,000 annually

($60,000 total award)

  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA at end of junior year

  • 26+ ACT composite or 1170+ old SAT/1240+ redesigned SAT composite score

  • Eligible students participate in one of two Medallion competition days (December 2 or 3, 2016)

  • Eligible students will be invited to participate; no application required. 

Complete admissions application file received by November 1, 2016

Presidential Gold Plus Scholarship *

(Out-of-state residents)

$12,500 annually

($50,000 total award)

  • Eligible students were invited and participated in the interview round (semifinalists), but did not receive the Medallion Scholarship.

Complete admissions application file received by November 1, 2016

President's Academic Excellence Scholarship

(In-state residents)

$25,000 total award

  • Eligible students were invited and participated in the interview round (semifinalists), but did not receive the Medallion Scholarship.
  • Award breakdown: $5,000 per academic year(s) 1 and 2; $7,500 per academic year(s) 3 and 4.
Complete admissions application file received by November 1, 2016

Presidential Gold Scholarship Raise *

(Out-of-state residents)

Raised to $10,000 per year

  • All out-of-state students who participated in the competition (but do not receive Medallion Scholarship or Presidential Gold Plus Scholarship) will have their Presidential Gold Scholarship raised from $9,000 to $10,000 per year for four years. 
Complete admissions application file received by November 1, 2016

Dean's Scholarship 

(In-state residents)

$2,500 for the first year

  • Awarded to all students who participated in the competition but do not receive Medallion Scholarship or President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Complete admissions application file received by November 1, 2016

Foundation Scholarship 

$15,000 annually

($60,000 total award)

  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA at end of junior year

  • Have verified financial need

  • A separate application is required to apply for the Foundation Scholarship, which includes a required essay, requested tax documentation, and two-minute video due by February 15, 2017.

Complete admissions application file received by January 15, 2017

Pillar Scholarship 

$3,000 for one year

  • Meet Foundation Scholarship eligibility criteria
  • This award is given to students who were semi-finalists for the Foundation Scholarship, but did not receive the Foundation Scholarship. 

Complete admissions application file received by January 15, 2017

MLK G.O.L.D. Scholarship 

$4,000 annually

($16,000 total award)

  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA at end of junior year

  • Students who have shown a commitment to diversity, or who plan to at WMU, should apply. First generation college students and students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

  • A separate online application is required, including a one-page essay or two to four minute video, by December 2, 2016. Semi-finalists will be chosen and must attend a competition on campus on February 18, 2017. 

Complete admissions application file received by December 2, 2016.

Global Ambassadors Scholarship: Diplomat

Pre-freshman course AND funds for later study abroad

  • 15 students will be awarded two scholarships, including a pre-freshman study abroad course prior to beginning at WMU ($5,000 value) and funds toward a later study abroad course ($10,000 or $3,000 depending on program length) 

  • Separate application required, including essay and video. Due October 7, 2016. 

  • Up to 100 applicants will be invited to complete on-campus on November 11, 2016. 

Complete admissions application file received by October 7, 2016

Global Ambassadors Scholarship: Representative

$1,000 one-time award for study abroad

  • Meet Global Ambassador Diplomat eligibility criteria

  • This award is given to students who participate in the Global Ambassador competition, but do not receive a Diplomat scholarship.

Complete admissions application file received by October 7, 2016

Seita Scholarship *

Undergraduate Tuition

Complete admissions application file received by March 1, 2017

Alumni Legacy Scholarship 

$1,000 one-time award

  • Child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus. Siblings of current students may also apply.

  • Separate application is required and available November 1, 2016.

February 1, 2017

Presidential Gold Scholarship *

$9,000 annually

($36,000 total award)

  • Available to non-Michigan residents only. 

  • 3.5+ cumulative GPA

  • 25+ ACT composite or 1130+ old SAT/1200+ redesigned SAT composite score

Complete admissions application file received by May 1, 2017

Presidential Silver Scholarship *

$7,000 annually

($28,000 total award)

  • Available to non-Michigan residents only. 

  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA

  • 22+ ACT composite or 1020+ old SAT/1100+ redesigned SAT composite score

Complete admissions application file received by May 1, 2017

Legacy Gold Scholarship *

$15,000 for one year

  • Available to non-Michigan residents only.
  • Child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus. Siblings of current students may also apply.

  • Separate application is required and available November 1, 2016.

Complete admissions application file received by February 1, 2017

*Students receiving a scholarship based on their out-of-state residency are still eligible to apply for and be granted Michigan residency through WMU’s residency process. When residency is granted, students pay the in-state rate and will no longer be eligible for an out-of-state award. An in-state scholarship may be awarded in place of the Presidential Gold Plus Scholarship. 

*Because of the Midwest Student Exchange Program, out of state aviation majors from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are not eligible to receive these scholarships.