Undergraduate Scholarships

Application Process

Eligibility for each competitive scholarship is listed below. Awards for fall and spring will be made before the end of the previous spring semester. Monies for the awards will be disbursed with half of the award credited to the student's account at the start of the fall and the spring semesters.

To be considered for scholarships with financial need criteria, you must have submitted a FAFSA application. The federal school code for Western Michigan University is 002330.

Applications can be submitted between Nov. 1 through Jan. 15.

Incoming freshmen (new beginners):

This application form is for potential incoming freshmen students who have never previously attended a college or university.

apply here

Incoming transfer students:

This application form is for potential incoming students who are transferring to WMU from a community college or another 4-year college or university. In order to use this application form, your WMU admissions application must indicate that your are a "Transfer" applicant.

apply here

Current undergraduate students:

This application form is for current undergraduate WMU students enrolled in a major in the College of Education and Human Development.

 apply here

Scholarships

Margaret Isobel Black Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time
  • Award limited to incoming first-year students, community college transfer students, or current WMU students who are graduates of Warren Consolidated School District 
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Full tuition, fees and books per academic year (fall/spring) WMU only
  • If studying abroad, tuition to another college or agency to be paid by awardee. Remission of WMU credits still apply.
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

Jane Blackburn Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduates in Elementary Education

  • Enrolled in the early elementary education curriculum

Agnes Robb Bouyoucos International Internship Fund for the College of Education and Human Development

  • Enrolled full-time in the College of Education and Human Development with the intention of a study abroad internship
  • Enrolled in the teacher preparation curriculum within the College of Education and Human Development
  • Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need

Lofton Burge Educational Scholarship

  • Junior or senior status
  • Enrolled in the elementary education curriculum
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

Lofton and Georgiann Burge Scholarship for Undergraduates in Elementary Education

  • Junior or senior status
  • Enrolled in the early elementary education curriculum
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

Carolyn L. Burnett Endowment for Teacher Training

  • Awarded to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a teaching internship
  • Students shall demonstrate financial need

Katherine Pratt Burrell Education Scholarship

  • Junior or senior status
  • Automatic renewal for junior status
  • Preference given to female students
  • Enrolled full-time in a program leading to teacher certification
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Kelly Carman Memorial Scholarship

  • Junior, senior or graduate student
  • Enrolled full-time majoring in early childhood education and/or elementary education
  • Preference given to non-traditional students
  • May be renewable (up to two consecutive years) if requirements continue to be met

Dorothy H. and Cora Hurd Charles Scholarship

  • All students enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum are eligible.

Patricia A. Chisholm Endowment for Theatre Education

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, resident of Michigan
  • Preference to southwest Michigan residents
  • Preference to junior or senior
  • Preference to students who have a teaching emphasis in speech or social studies
  • Must display “ideal” teacher qualities
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

Herman and Erna Muhle Christof Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Preference to community college transfers with at least 30 hours accumulated at community college
  • Enrolled full time in teacher training curricula
  • Preference to underrepresented populations
  • Preference for demonstrated financial need
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

College of Education and Human Development Scholarship for Kalkaska County

  • First year, full-time student
  • Enrolled in teacher training curricula
  • Preference for graduates of Kalkaska County public high schools (Kalkaska and Forest Area High)
  • Academic merit is primary consideration
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Incoming freshmen, community college transfer students and current WMU students are eligible.
  • Cannot hold WMU merit-based renewable scholarship concurrently (e.g., WMU Academic, HEIS, Medallion, etc.)

College of Education Scholarship in Teacher Education

  • Full-time student pursuing teacher training
  • Preference giving to non-traditional students 25 years of age or older
  • Must hold a minimum of 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Preference given to students with financial need
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

Velma and Harry Cotterill Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Student Teaching Internships

  • Awarded to students in their student teaching internship semester
  • Preference given to students that demonstrate financial need
  • Preference given to students who plan to make K-12 teaching their primary, full-time profession
  • Preference given to candidates who are U.S. citizens and intend to teach in the U.S. after graduation

Robert and Elizabeth Cutler Endowment Scholarship

  • Full-time junior
  • Must hold a 2.5 GPA
  • Must be pursuing a teaching career in math or science
  • Preference to non-traditional students
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • May be renewable up to one year if requirements continue to be met

P. Joann Womble Dehring Memorial Education Endowed Scholarship

  • Full-time student in teacher education program, the counseling education program, or the counseling psychology program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable with application up to three consecutive years

Delia M. and Dora D. DeMaso Scholarship

  • First year, full-time student
  • Pursuing degree in teacher training
  • Preference for demonstrated financial need
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application
  • Current recipients may reapply in the next academic year, provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
  • May be renewable up to three additional years if requirements continue to be met

Zora and Frank Ellsworth Scholarship

  • Junior or senior status, enrolled full time
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled in elementary education curriculum
  • Must demonstrate a career purpose in education
  • Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to Latin majors
  • May be renewable up to one year if requirements continue to be met

Forgrave-Anderson Scholarship

  • Enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development with an interest in teaching K-12 science and math
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

John W. and Evelyn M. Fry English Scholarship Fund

  • Available to all College of Education and Human Development students

Fund for the Advancement of Minorities in Education (FAME) – 5 awards to be made

  • May be incoming first-year students, community college transfer students, or current WMU students
  • Enrolled full time
  • Incoming freshmen must be enrolled in pre-education (PED) curriculum
  • Transfer students or current WMU students must be enrolled in program leading to teacher certification
  • Special consideration given to students of under-represented populations
  • Full tuition and fees for fall and spring only. Total of eight semesters. Tuition provided at WMU rates for classes taken at WMU. If studying abroad, tuition to another college or agency to be paid by awardee. Remission of WMU credits still apply.

John G. and Bertha D. Goodman Scholarship

  • Awarded to a full time undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Development in even years (i.e., fall 2016, fall 2018)
  • Preference shall be given to students who enhance WMU's diversity and multiculturalism
  • 2.5 GPA minimum at time of application
  • Awarded based on financial need

Alfred Griffin Scholarship

  • Senior status
  • Enrolled full-time in elementary education curriculum
  • Resident of the state of Michigan
  • Preference given to African American and Native American students
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Lucille J. Haines Education Scholarship

  • Enrolled in early childhood education

Marion I. Hall Endowment Scholarship

  • Full- or part-time student
  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to students preparing for careers in elementary or secondary education (teacher certification programs)

Everett L. and Marian Holden Endowed Scholarship

  • Demonstrated financial need 
  • High academic standing

Leon M. and Johanna Bolte Hopkins Endowed Scholarship in Education

  • Full time student majoring in elementary education
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Preference for demonstrated financial need
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

E. Fern Hudson Scholarship

  • Junior or senior status
  • Enrolled full-time in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Rose M. Iciek Memorial Scholarship for Elementary and Secondary Education

  • First-year undergraduate student majoring in pre-education, planning to teach either at the elementary or secondary level
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

Janet M. Jones

  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Major in elementary education and a minor of early childhood 
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Sylvia Jean Lovat Endowed Scholarship for Early Childhood Education

  • Enrolled full time
  • Early childhood professional education program
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Special consideration given to students that have overcome socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or first-generation college student
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met.

Florence E. and Vernon A. Martin Prestigious Education Scholarship

  • Preference to College of Education and Human Development students who graduated from Pentwater High School

Beulah and Harold McKee Scholarship in Early Childhood Education

  • Must be enrolled full-time in the early childhood education program
  • Must be sophomore status
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference will be given to Kalamazoo County, and particularly greater Kalamazoo, high school graduates (e.g., Loy Norrix, Kalamazoo Central, Hackett Catholic Central, Kalamazoo Christian, Comstock, Parchment, Portage Northern and Portage Central).
  • Primary consideration will be given to graduates of Parchment High School.
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

McKinley Financial Foundation Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded to full-time incoming freshman student
  • Preference given to African American students
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met
  • Awarded in the College of Education and Human Development in odd years (i.e., fall 2015, fall 2017)

Lucille Abbott Nobbs and Alpha Beta Epsilon Endowed Scholarship

  • Members of, or a direct descendent of a member of, the ABE WMU Sorority will receive first preference for this scholarship. Applicants are responsible for indicating membership or familial relationship on the application and providing verification if necessary.
  • Junior or senior status undergraduate student or graduate student
  • Enrolled full-time in a teacher education program
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Award is solely for WMU tuition, fees and book expenses
  • May be renewable upon reapplication (two consecutive years) if requirements continue to be met

Howard and Mary Pendell Endowed Scholarship

  • Must be a graduate of any public school system in Muskegon County, MI
  • Enrolled in any undergraduate program in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must have demonstrated financial need

Pickard Scholars - Future Educator Program

The scholarship, created by the Pickard Family Fund, endeavors to increase the number of K-12 teachers from historically underrepresented populations.

  • Enrolled full-time in the pre-teacher education or teacher education undergraduate program
  • First-generation college students ("first-generation" meaning that the student and/or their siblings are the first in their family line that will attend or, with respect to a sibling, have graduated from a university); or
  • From historically underrepresented student populations; or
  • From historically underrepresented K-12 teacher populations

E. Arthur and Lorna Pierre Scholarship

  • Enrolled full time, first-year student
  • Preference given to graduates of Waterford Public Schools
  • Special consideration for graduates of Muskegon Senior High School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Awarded in the College of Education and Human Development in even years (i.e., fall 2016, fall 2018)

Marcia Vincent and Avis Leo “Mike” Sebaly Scholarship

  • Full-time student
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Preference given to student who demonstrates financial need
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • May be renewable up to four years if requirements continue to be met

Samuel Kenneth Smart, Jr. Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time in the elementary or secondary education curriculum which will prepare them to become school instructors of science or mathematics
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

Bess L. Stinson Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time in any curriculum in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Financial need a consideration
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA (may have a 2.5 with faculty recommendation)
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

Merze Tate Scholarship

  • Enrolled full time or part time, graduate or undergraduate
  • Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need (including, but not limited to, deserving foreign students who are in need of financial assistance).

Mabel Blough Thompson Endowed Scholarship

  • Full-time student
  • Incoming freshman from rural area preferred
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met

Ronald and Kathleen Wagner Scholarship

  • Awarded to a first-year, full-time undergraduate
  • Preference given to minority high school graduates of Wayne County public schools
  • Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application
  • May be renewable if requirements continue to be met

Luchara and Greg Wallace Student Support Fund

  • Enrolled in a program in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Financial need a priority
  • May also be used for internships, field placements, student travel, study abroad, childcare and/or transportation needs