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Top 10 Things to Know for Medallion

1. Invitation requirements

In order to qualify for an invitation for the Medallion Scholarship Program students must be a first-time, domestic, undergraduate entering WMU in the fall of 2015. Students must have completed an admissions application by December 5, 2014. Invitations are sent to students who are admissible to the University with a cumulative GPA of 3.70 on a 4.0 scale at the end of junior year and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher OR SAT combined score of 1170 or higher.

2. Scholarship awards

Of those who attend the Medallion Scholarship Competition, 40 finalists will be invited to interview with the Medallion Selection Committee in February, after which the following scholarships will be offered:

3. When and where

The event takes place right here on the Western Michigan University west campus in Kalamazoo on Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, January 31, 2015. The competition will begin in the Bernhard Center and students will be escorted from there to different locations on campus holding specific portions of the competition.

4. Day’s agenda

The competition will consist of an essay portion and group problem solving session, as well as a Medallion Scholar Student Panel and Academic College Showcase. A detailed schedule can be found here.

5. Lee Honors College

By meeting the requirements to attend the Medallion Scholarship Competition, all students will be invited to join WMU’s Lee Honors College. The Lee Honors College (LHC) is a great opportunity for students to be a part of on campus and broaden their horizons. The LHC caps all courses at a maximum of 25 students, gives students priority registration, and individual advising. To find out more information regarding the opportunities and benefits of the LHC, please visit their website.

“Honors First" Priority Registration

Medallion Scholarship competitors will have the opportunity to connect with their academic advisors in April and register for Fall 2015 classes. Registration for classes may be completed in person or via a phone appointment. Participation in the June orientation program is still required, together with Fall Welcome in August. Students interested in benefiting from this early registration opportunity should register online at wmich.edu/honors/priority.

6. Parents and families

A concurrent Parent and Family Medallion Program will be offered during the student competition. Although parents and guardians are not required to attend, they are encouraged to attend the concurrent program offered during the student competition for several informational sessions as well as a Q & A with current Medallion Scholars. A detailed schedule can be found here.

7. How to register

Please follow the instructions as detailed on your competition invitation in order to register for one of the two competition dates. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.

8. What to wear

Students will want to make a good impression on future peers and professors, so think casual but nice. Since students will be walking to different buildings on campus, plan to wear a warm coat, hat, gloves and heavy shoes or boots.

9. Weather

Winter in Michigan can be cold and snowy. With that in mind, a Medallion competition has never been canceled; however there is a policy in place to address severe weather conditions in the Kalamazoo area. If we must cancel the program a decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. EST on the day of the event. A message will be available on the Office of Admissions' voice mail (269) 387-2000, the University's Information line at (269) 387-1000, and the WMU website.

10. Special circumstances

All students must participate in a scholarship interview to be considered for an award. Please call our office at (269) 387-2000 prior to the program if you have a physical need that will require special accommodations to participate.

Additional Information

$50,000 Medallion Scholarship can be used toward graduate studies at WMU

Medallion Scholarships are awarded for four years of full-time study at WMU. If Medallion Scholars complete an undergraduate degree in less than four years, they may petition the dean of the Lee Honors College to use remaining funds toward graduate study at WMU.  To use these funds for graduate study, the student must either have been accepted and enrolled in a WMU accelerated graduate degree program or been accepted and enrolled full‐time in a WMU graduate degree program beginning in the fall or spring semester immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree.