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.

The application window for 2018-2019 scholarships is now closed. Applications will be available Nov. 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Scholarships

Margaret Isobel Black Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time
  • Award limited to new or current WMU undergraduate 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 for a maximum of four academic years if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Jane Blackburn Memorial Scholarship in Early Elementary Education

  • Enrolled in the early elementary education curriculum

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

  • Scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Development and will be used for the purpose of study abroad internships
  • First preference shall be given to a student in the teacher preparation curriculum within the College of Education and Human Development
  • Preference is also given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Scholarship shall be a one-time award and will not be renewable

Lofton Burge Educational Scholarship

  • Junior or senior status
  • Must be an elementary education major
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Lofton and Georgiann Burge Scholarship for Undergraduates in Elementary Education

  • Junior or senior status
  • Enrolled in an elementary education curriculum
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Carolyn L. Burnett Endowment for Teacher Training

  • Awarded to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in their teaching internship semester
  • Preference shall be given to students demonstrating financial need
  • Scholarship shall be a one-time award and will not be renewable

Katherine Pratt Burrell Education Scholarship

  • Junior or senior 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
  • May be renewable upon reapplication for junior status if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

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
  • Renewable up to a maximum of two consecutive years for a junior undergraduate and one consecutive year for a senior undergraduate or graduate student if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available.

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
  • Must be a student in a program leading to teacher certification
  • Preference to students who have a teaching emphasis in speech or social studies
  • Preference to southwest Michigan residents
  • Preference to junior or senior
  • Must display “ideal” teacher qualities
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and if sufficient funding is available

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 upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and if sufficient funding is available
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, renewable a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year; if awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

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)
  • Must have and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • May be renewable upon reapplication for a period of three years if requirements continue to be met and if sufficient funding is available

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Incoming freshmen, community college transfer students and current WMU students are eligible.

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 have a minimum of 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Preference given to students with financial need
  • For freshmen receiving the scholarship, the award will be renewable for a period of up to three years; for sophomores, a period of up to two years; and for juniors, one year, upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and if sufficient funding is available.
    • To be considered for renewal, the student must remain a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Development and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.

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
  • The award shall be made to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a teacher training curriculum in the CEHD and will be used for the purpose of student teaching internships.
  • The internship shall be a one-time award and will not be renewable

Robert and Elizabeth Cutler Endowment Scholarship

  • Full-time junior
  • Must be pursuing a teaching career in math or science
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • May be renewable upon reapplication up to one year if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

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 at the time of application
  • Current recipients may reapply for the scholarship the next academic year provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress and sufficient funding is available. Furthermore, if the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; to a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior or graduate student, it is not renewable.

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 upon reapplication up to three additional years if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Zora and Frank Ellsworth Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
  • 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 for junior or senior
  • Preference given to students in elementary education of Latin major
  • May be renewable upon reapplication up to one year if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

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
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • The award is renewable upon reapplication for the same qualifying student for up to a maximum of three consecutive academic years if sufficient funding is available.

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
  • The scholarship award period is of one academic year only - this scholarship is not renewable because it is an alternating scholarship.

Alfred Griffin Scholarship

  • Senior status
  • Enrolled in early 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

  • Preference given to students enrolled in early childhood education

Marion I. Hall Endowment Scholarship

  • 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 at the time of application
  • Preference for demonstrated financial need
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication provided the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student in education, has maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA, has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress and if sufficient funding is available.
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

E. Fern Hudson Scholarship

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

Rose M. Iciek Memorial Scholarship for Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Scholarships shall be awarded to full-time undergraduate students majoring in elementary and secondary education
  • The scholarship may be renewable upon reapplication for an additional three consecutive academic years if sufficient funding is available and provided the student maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and provided the student continue as an elementary or secondary education major.

Janet M. Jones

  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Major in elementary education and a minor of early childhood 
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication as long as sufficient funding is available and provided the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student in education, has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

Sylvia Jean Lovat Endowed Scholarship for Early Childhood Education

  • Enrolled full time
  • Early childhood professional education program
  • Preference to students who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to students that have overcome socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or first-generation college student
  • Preference shall be given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication as long as sufficient funding is available and provided the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student in education, has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

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 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 and sufficient funding is available

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 at the time of application
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available
  • 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.
  • Must be a full-time junior, senior or graduate student
  • Preference shall be given to students enrolled in the 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 and sufficient funding is available

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
  • The scholarship award is for one academic year only

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
  • Second preference for graduates of Muskegon Senior High School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Awarded in the College of Education and Human Development in even years (i.e., fall 2016, fall 2018)
  • This scholarship will be a one-time award only and will not be renewable

Marcia Vincent and Avis Leo “Mike” Sebaly Scholarship

  • Full-time student
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Preference shall be given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication up to a maximum of four consecutive academic years if the recipient remains a full-time student majoring in elementary education, has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress and if sufficient funding is available.

Samuel Kenneth Smart, Jr. Scholarship

  • Enrolled in the elementary or secondary education curriculum which will prepare them to become school instructors of science or mathematics
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Bess L. Stinson Scholarship

  • Enrolled in any curriculum in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA (may have a 2.5 with faculty recommendation)
  • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Merze Tate Scholarship

  • 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

  • Preference shall be given to an incoming full-time freshman from a rural area majoring in elementary education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication as long as sufficient funding is available and provided the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student in education, has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

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 and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application
  • The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication as long as sufficient funding is available and provided the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student in education, has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
    • If the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior, it is not renewable.

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