Incoming Freshman Scholarships

WMU offers opportunities for students to earn merit-based or need-based scholarships. Students awarded more than one competitive admission scholarship will be awarded the scholarship with the highest value.  The Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the resource for complete scholarship eligibility, renewal requirements as well as additional WMU scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are subject to change.


Competitive scholarships

MEDALLION SCHOLARSHIP           $60,000 total ($15,000 per year)

Qualified high schools seniors are eligible to compete for the most prestigious academic scholarship at WMU. For consideration, students must submit a completed application, have a 3.7+ cumulative GPA and 1240+ redesigned SAT/1170+ old SAT/ 26+ ACT by the application deadline. Eligible students will be invited to participate; no separate scholarship application required.  Students must attend the on-campus competition to receive one of the competition scholarships.

Application deadline: November 1, 2016
Competition date(s): December 2, 2016 and December 3, 2016
Semifinalist interviews (invite only): January 18 – 19, 2017

Medallion Scholarship Competition Levels
Medallion Scholarship  $60,000 total ($15,000 per year)
Up to 20 awarded annually.
President's Academic Excellence Scholarship* $25,000 total ($5,000 for years 1 and 2; $7,500 for years 3 and 4)
Semi-finalist award. Up to 40 awarded annually. 
Dean's Scholarship  Michigan residents:$2,500 one-time award
Non-residents^: $10,000 total ($2,500 per year)
Awarded to eligible participants not selected as a semi-finalist. 


FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP           $60,000 total ($15,000 per year)

Qualified high school seniors are invited to submit a separate application for this competitive need-based scholarship. For consideration, students must submit a completed admission application, a separate scholarship application, and have a 3.7+ cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale by the deadline(s). 

Admission application deadline: February 1, 2017
Scholarship application deadline: February 15, 2017

Foundation Scholarship Competition Levels
Foundation Scholarship $60,000 total ($15,000 per year)
Up to 10 awarded annually.
Pillar Scholarship $3,000 one-time award
Awarded to eligible finalists not selected as Foundation Scholars.
Up to 20 awarded annually.


MLK GOLD SCHOLARSHIP           $16,000 total ($4,000 per year)

Qualified high school seniors who have shown a commitment to diversity, or plan to at WMU, are invited to apply; first generation college students and students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to submit their scholarship application. A separate online application is required and students must have a 3.0+ cumulative GPA at the time of application. Semi-finalists will be invited to compete in the on-campus competition. 

Admission application deadline: December 2, 2016
Scholarship application deadline: December 2, 2016
Competition date: February 18, 2017 

MLK GOLD Scholarship Levels
MLK GOLD Scholarship $16,000 total ($4,000 per year)
Up to 50 awarded annually.
Diversity Scholarship $1,000 one-time award
Awarded to eligible participants not selected as MLK GOLD Scholars.


Additional Award Opportunities

Effective for students entering fall 2018 or after, we have partnered with to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning money for college beginning in the 9th grade.

Incoming students who are a child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus is encouraged to apply for this competitive scholarship offered by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Siblings of current WMU students should also apply. Number of awards vary.

Incoming students should explore scholarship opportunities particular to their major of interest. Deadlines and number of awards vary.

Over 30 scholarships are available for application through our Office of Student Financial Aid. These awards are available for incoming and continuing students; all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

High school seniors with an interest in study abroad opportunities and global engagement activities should apply for this scholarship competition. Up to 100 applicants will be identified as semi-finalists and be invited to attend the on-campus competition day. 

This scholarship supports incoming Western Michigan University students who have lived some or all of their teenage years in foster care. 


Due to the dramatic reduction of non-resident tuition, all non-resident scholarships have been restructured and includes the elimination of the following awards: Presidential Gold, Presidential Silver, Presidential Gold raise, and Presidential Gold Plus.

*Non-resident Medallion semi-finalists are awarded the Presidential Academic Excellence Scholarship. The Presidential Gold Plus Scholarship has been eliminated.
^Non-resident Medallion participants are awarded a renewable Dean’s Scholarship. The raise to the Presidential Gold Scholarship has been eliminated.