Undergraduate Scholarships

The Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University offers scholarships and awards to assist students in developing their Spanish language skills and study abroad.

Departmental awards requiring application

Pick up a scholarship application in the hallway outside 409 Sprau Tower.

Turn in the scholarship application to 419 Sprau Tower by the deadline. Students will be notified by phone or WMU email to arrange an interview with the scholarship committee if their application is accepted.

Scholarships and awards not requiring application

Recipients are selected by Department of Spanish faculty on the basis of academic excellence and dedication to foreign language study.

  • Mathilde Steckelberg Scholarship: One award each in Classics, French, German and Spanish of approximately $500 each is awarded during spring semester.

  • Herb B. Jones Scholarship: This award is approximately $500 and honors the beloved section head and professor of Spanish at WMU. It is awarded during spring semester.
  • Jeremy Sayles Award in Spanish and Business: This scholarship of $500 is for students of Spanish and business in support of their study abroad program. Awarded during spring semester thanks to the generosity of WMU Spanish alumnus Jeremy Sayles.
  • Lori Beth Pattison Scholarship for Literature: This scholarship of $1500, honors WMU Spanish graduate and professor of Spanish Lori Beth and is awarded during spring semester.

Other annual department awards

  • Department Presidential Scholar
  • Premio Octavio Paz
  • Premio Jorge Luis Borges
  • Premio Joan Coromines
  • Premio Rosalía de Castro
  • Premio Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
  • Premio Miguel de Cervantes
  • Premio María Moliner
  • Premio Suzanne M. Wheatley
  • Premio Alfonso X el Sabio
  • Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Premio Antonio de Nebrija
  • Premio Rubén Darío

Non-departmental undergraduate scholarships and awards

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