Scholarships and Awards

A student studying.There are a number of sources of financial aid available to graduate students enrolled in counselor education and counseling psychology programs at Western Michigan University.

Departmental assistantships and associateships

Departmental graduate assistantships and doctoral associateships are available and provide opportunities to gain clinical, teaching, research or program development experience while also meeting financial needs.

  • Eligibility: Doctoral students. Open to U.S. and international students.
  • Application: Available in the counselor education and counseling psychology office, 3521 Sangren Hall.
  • Deadline: Feb. 15 for new students beginning fall semester.
  • Conditions: 20 hours of work per week in the department. 
  • Typically offered fall and spring semesters and summer I and summer II sessions.

Graduate

Fellowships, assistantships, associateships, grants

Opportunities for financial support from the Graduate College include:

  • Thurgood Marshall Assistantships
  • Historically Underrepresented Groups Program
  • Martin Luther King/Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowships
  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • Graduate Student Research Fund
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate College Funding

Departmental scholarships and awards

Robert and Diane Betz Award for Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

  • Must be a doctoral student in counseling psychology or counselor education in WMU's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.
  • Award may be used to assist with tuition and fees or to support research and travel.
  • Two awards are presented annually: one to a doctoral student in counselor education and one to a doctoral student in counseling psychology.

Students and faculty wishing to nominate students should submit a notification of nomination or self-nomination by Feb. 19 to james.croteau@wmich.edu. Students will then be sent a detailed email with directions and deadlines for submitting application materials to the awards website. Materials will include a statement of interest and qualifications (two to three paragraphs, one page maximum) and an up-to-date vita.

Kenneth Bullmer Endowed Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology

  • Must be enrolled full time in the counseling psychology doctoral program within the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.
  • Scholarship is awarded solely on merit.
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • May be renewed for one academic year, providing the recipient remains a full-time student in the counseling psychology doctoral program, maintains a 3.5 GPA and has demonstrated satisfactory progress as specified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and monitored by the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

Students and faculty wishing to nominate students should submit a notification of nomination or self-nomination by Feb. 19 to james.croteau@wmich.edu. Students will then be sent a detailed email with directions and deadlines for submitting application materials to the awards website. Materials will include a statement of interest and qualifications (two to three paragraphs, one page maximum) and an up-to-date vita.

Alan and Kristin Hovestadt Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy Award

  • Award recognizes and honors outstanding students in couple and family therapy who have demonstrated potential for excellence in the profession and practice of MFT.
  • All currently enrolled students in couple and family therapy and those that have completed their degree within the last calendar year are eligible for this award.

Students and faculty wishing to nominate students should submit a notification of nomination or self-nomination by Feb. 19 to james.croteau@wmich.edu. Students will then be sent a detailed email with directions and deadlines for submitting application materials to the awards website. Materials will include a statement of interest and qualifications (two to three paragraphs, one page maximum) and an up-to-date vita.

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Alumni/ae Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled full or part time.
  • Applicants must demonstrate professional goals and community service goals.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Two awards are granted annually: one to a master’s level student and one to a doctoral level student in CECP. Applications will be accepted for 2012-13 awards through Feb. 19, 2013. Applicants for the CECP Alumni/ae Scholarship must have submitted a FAFSA application to financial aid. WMU's federal school code is 002330.

Students and faculty wishing to nominate students should submit a notification of nomination or self-nomination by Feb. 19 to james.croteau@wmich.edu. Students will then be sent a detailed email with directions and deadlines for submitting application materials to the awards website. Materials will include a statement of interest and qualifications (two to three paragraphs, one page maximum) and an up-to-date vita.

Arthur and Margaret Manske Outstanding Master's Student in School Counseling Award

  • Award recognizes and honors outstanding master's degree students in school counseling who have demonstrated potential for excellence in the profession.
  • All currently enrolled counseling students and those recently completing their degree are eligible for the award.

Faculty nominations of students for this award will be accepted for 2012-13 through Feb. 5, 2013.

Thelma M. Urbick Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counselor Education Award

  • Award recognizes and honors outstanding doctoral students in counselor education.
  • All current Ph.D. students in counselor education and those who have completed their degree within the last calendar year are eligible for this award.

Faculty nominations of students for this award will be accepted for 2012-13 through Feb. 5, 2012.

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology Award

  • Award recognizes and honors outstanding doctoral students in counseling psychology.
  • All current Ph.D. students in counseling psychology and those who have completed their degree within the last calendar year are eligible for this award.

Faculty nominations of students for this award will be accepted for 2012-13 through Feb. 5, 2013.

Outstanding Master’s Student in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Award

  • Award honors promising new professionals in the field of counselor education and counseling psychology.
  • Recipients may demonstrate excellence or professional promise in such ways as scholarship, practice, public service, and by exemplifying compassion, altruism and helpfulness toward others.
  • All currently enrolled master’s students and those who have completed their degree with the last calendar year are eligible for this award.

Faculty nominations of students for this award will be accepted for 2012-13 through Feb. 5, 2013.

Outstanding Alumni Award

  • Award recognizes and honors outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves as professionals.
  • Recipients have made significant contributions to human services through organizational or professional association leadership, scholarship, research, teaching or direct service to client populations.
  • All departmental alumni are eligible for this award.

Faculty nominations of students for this award will be accepted for 2012-13 through Feb. 5, 2013.

Other financial aid

Office of Student Financial Aid

Career and Student Employment Services—Maintains a list of part-time jobs both on and off campus, work-study employment, temporary employment, seasonal and summer jobs, and internships, pre-professional, professional and cooperative education employment opportunities.