Fall 2016 Freshman Scholarships

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WMU offers opportunities for students to earn merit-based or need-based scholarships. Students awarded more than one admission scholarship will be awarded the scholarship with the highest value. Scholarships are subject to change.

The Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the resource for complete scholarship eligibility, renewal requirements as well as additional WMU scholarship opportunities.

Medallion Scholarship

Value: $15,000 annually ($60,000 total award)

Criteria

  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale at end of junior year
  • 26+ ACT composite or SAT of 1170+ (math + critical reading)
  • Eligible students participate in one of two Medallion competition days on Jan. 23 or Jan. 30, 2016
  • For first-time, full-time freshman students entering fall 2016

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by Dec. 4, 2015.

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Dean’s Scholarship

Value: $3,000 for one year

Criteria

  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale at end of junior year
  • 26+ ACT composite or SAT of 1170+ (math + critical reading)
  • Eligible students participate in one of two Medallion competition days on Jan. 23 or Jan. 30, 2016
  • For first-time, full-time freshman students entering fall 2016

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by Dec. 4, 2015.

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Foundation Scholarship

Value: $12,500 annually ($50,000 total award)

Criteria

  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale at end of junior year
  • Admissible to WMU
  • For first-time freshman students entering fall 2016
  • Have verified financial need based on one or more of the following criteria
       -Student is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
       -Student is a ward of the state, an orphan, or in foster care.
       -Student is homeless.
       -Student is Undocumented.
       -Other (explanation required).

Deadline

Completed admissions application file (application, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and application fee or approved fee waiver) must be received by Dec. 4, 2015.

A select group of eligible students (semi-finalists) will be asked to submit a two-minute video and student biography form by Feb. 1, 2016.  All semi-finalists will be guaranteed at least $3,000 in WMU scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Applications for the Foundation Scholarship will be accepted beginning Sept. 1.

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Pillar Scholarship

Value: Up to $3,000 for one year

Criteria

  • Meet Foundation Scholarship eligibility criteria
  • Eligible student was a semi-finalist for the Foundation Scholarship

Deadline

Completed admissions application file (application, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and application fee or approved fee waiver) must be received by Dec. 4, 2015. 

Multicultural Leader Scholarship

Value: $4,000 annually ($16,000 total award)

Criteria

  • 3.0+ GPA on a 4-point scale at end of junior year
  • Admissible to WMU
  • For first-time, full-time freshman entering fall 2016

Deadline

Completed admissions application file (application, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and application fee/waiver) must be received by Dec. 4, 2015.

Students will be asked to submit a one page essay or a two minute video, as well as a student biography form, by Dec. 18, 2016.  Selected semi-finalist students must attend the Multicultural Leader Scholarship Celebration on Feb. 20, 2016.  50 students will be selected to receive the $16,000 Multicultural Leader Scholarship.  All other invited students who attend the celebration will receive the $1,000 Diversity Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.

First generation college students and students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Applications for the Multicultural Leader Scholarship will be accepted beginning Sept. 1.

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Seita Scholarship

Value: Undergraduate Tuition

Criteria

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by March 1, 2016.

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Fall 2016 scholarships for non-Michigan residents

Presidential Gold Scholarship

Value: $9,000 annually ($36,000 total award)

Criteria

  • 3.5+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale
  • 25+ ACT composite or SAT of 1130+ (math + critical reading)
  • First-time freshman students entering fall 2016
  • Available to non-Michigan residents only

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by May 1, 2016.

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Presidential Silver Scholarship

Value: $7,000 annually ($28,000 annual award)

Criteria

  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale
  • 22+ ACT composite or SAT of 1020+ (math + critical reading)
  • First-time freshman students entering fall 2016
  • Available to non-Michigan residents only

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by May 1, 2016.

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Legacy Gold Scholarship

Value: $15,000 for one year

Criteria

  • Must be the child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, or sibling of a WMU alumna or alumnus
  • Must be admitted to WMU as a regular undergraduate, degree-seeking student
  • Must be entering WMU for the first time as a first-year (freshman) or transfer student
  • Available to non-Michigan residents only

Deadline

Complete admissions application must be received by February 1, 2016.

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Additional information

The Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the resource for additional WMU scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are subject to change.