Competition Information


The competitor and family agendas are available here. Competitors sign up for either Competition Session I OR Competition Session II when they register for the competition.

Campus map and parking:

Participants may park at no cost in parking structure 1 near the Bernhard Center. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.

Date, time and location:

The 2017 Medallion Scholarship Competition for current high school seniors who plan to enroll at WMU fall 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, November 18. Students may choose between the morning competition which begins at 9 a.m. or the afternoon competition which begins at 1 p.m. The opening welcome will be held in the main ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Bernhard Center. Check-in in the Bernhard Center opens at 8:15 a.m. for morning competitors, and 11 a.m. for afternoon competitors.

Optional pre-competition social:

New for the 2017 competition is an optional pre-competition social at our recently renovated alumni center, Heritage Hall on Friday evening, nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Competitors and their families are invited to mingle with representatives from our academic colleges and the Lee Honors College. Free parking for the social is available in the lot adjacent to Heritage Hall on WMU's East Campus on Oakland Drive. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.

Activities form and video submission details:

All competitors are required to complete the activities form and submit a video prior to the competition as part of the registration process. Details are provided in the invitation to participate issued by WMU's Office of Admissions.

Finalist interview information:

Approximately 45 finalists will be invited to return to campus for a 15-minute interview with the selection panel sometime between 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. All interviews will be held at the Lee Honors College. Competitors and family members will have the opportunity to speak with current Medallion Scholars in our lounge throughout the interview period. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.


Competitors will be notified if they are finalists the week of Dec. 4, 2017. Competitors will have until May 1, 2018 to accept their awards.

Scholarship Award Levels

Medallion Scholarship

$60,000 total award ($15,000 per year for four years). Awarded to approximately 20 competitors annually.

President's Academic Excellence Scholarship

$25,000 total award ($5,000 per academic year(s) 1 and 2; $7,500 per academic year(s) 3 and 4). Awarded to approximately 40 competitors who were invited and participated in the interview (finalist) round, but did not receive the Medallion Scholarship.

Award Details and Renewal Criteria

  • Paid in equal amounts, fall and spring only.
  • Enroll fall term immediately after high school graduation.
  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA after enrolling at Western Michigan University.
  • Merit-based and renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of undergraduate study, or until graduation requirements are met, whichever occurs first.