Scholarships and Financial Aid

Departmental scholarships

College-wide scholarships

The College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University recognizes the importance of a quality education. A number of scholarships are awarded annually by the college as part of our dedication to helping you find a way to achieve your higher education goals. Review the following eligibility criteria and complete the application to apply for the following scholarships.

For more information contact Nancy Cretsinger at or (269) 387-3680. The deadline to apply for college-wide scholarships for 2018-19 is December 21, 2017.


CHHS Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  Must be enrolled in a program in the College of Health and Human Services
•  Must be a graduate student (first or second year) or undergraduate student (later than first year) to apply
•  Registered for a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credit hours
•  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Award amount: Varies

Elissa Gatlin Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  2.75 GPA for undergrad or 3.0 GPA for graduate
•  Must be enrolled in professional program in occupational therapy, nursing, speech pathology, blindness and low vision studies, social work or physician assistant
•  U.S. citizen
•  African American, Native American or Hispanic American
•  Based on financial need
Award amount: $500 

Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship Fund

Eligibility criteria:
•  Full-time undergraduate student in a CHHS degree program
•  Minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application; maintain 3.0 GPA during duration of scholarship award time period
•  Preference given to eligible students who demonstrate overall high academic achievement and dedication to a career in health and human service areas, with an emphasis on serving the aged
Award amount: Minimum of $500 

Jeffrey and Barbara Vortman Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  CHHS dean annually determines the department that will receive the scholarship.
•  Applicants will be sought from among those students enrolled in the selected department or program
•  Preference given to students pursuing a career in the health and human services field
Award amount: $500

Additional resources

•  WMU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships