Scholarships

Western Michigan University students who are majoring in any of the business programs may apply for Haworth College of Business scholarships. In addition, many departmental and program-level scholarships are available. Students may apply for college, departmental and program scholarships.

Application

The application period for the 2016-17 academic year is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean at (269) 387-5050.

All Haworth College of Business students are eligible to be considered for the scholarships listed below. A separate application is required for departmental and program scholarships.

The dean of the college and the Haworth College of Business Scholarship Committee decide on the distribution of scholarship money available to our students. To be considered for college scholarships (below), you must complete the Haworth College of Business Scholarship Application. This application requires the following:

  • Names of at least one and no more than two faculty members, teachers, or counselors who will provide recommendations for you. When you submit your application, a message will be sent to your faculty members, teachers, or counselors with instructions for completing the recommendation form.
    • Transfer: List the names and email addresses for at least one and no more than two faculty members from your current institution.
    • High school seniors: List the names and email addresses for at least one and no more than two high school teachers or counselors.
    • Current WMU students: List the names and email addresses for at least one and no more than two faculty members.
  • Information about how you are paying for college.
  • An essay (1-3 pages).

Haworth College of Business scholarships

Automatic scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded automatically without application.

  • Scholarships for incoming first year students
    • Dean’s All Stars: Awarded to top students with exceptional ACT score and high school GPA
    • Rising Stars: Awarded to students with exceptional high school GPA but non-competitive ACT score and demonstrated financial need
    • Need-based scholarships: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and exceptional high school GPA
    • Valenti Scholarship: Awarded to one first year student with exceptional high school GPA and demonstrated financial need
  • Current students
    • Current student merit scholarships: Awarded to top students in sophomore, junior and senior levels with exceptional cumulative WMU GPA
    • Current need-based scholarships: Awarded to top students in sophomore, junior and senior levels with exceptional cumulative WMU GPA and demonstrated financial need 

Application scholarships

An application is required for the scholarships listed below.  The application period runs from late fall to the end of January.

Department and program scholarships

Scholarship descriptions

Adam R. & Deborah L. Dingwall Business Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student in the Haworth College of Business.

  •  Must be a junior or senior.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.

  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually if sufficient spendable dollars are available.

  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, and room and board.

  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester, and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.

  • The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient remains a full-time undergraduate student and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.

The John G. and Bertha D. Goodman Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • The scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Education or the Haworth College of Business.
  • Preference shall be given to students who enhance WMU’s diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Shall be awarded based on financial need.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the awarding colleges based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.

  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.

  • The College of Education will award during even years, HCoB will award during odd years.

  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition and fees.

  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.

  • The scholarship award period is for one academic year only. It is not renewable because it is an alternation scholarship.

Business Achievement Award

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a junior or senior in the Haworth College of Business.
  • GPA and extra-curricular activities shall be considered.
  • Must be enrolled full-time each semester that the award is received.

Award criteria:

  • Awards may be awarded from the endowment’s earnings, University scholarship donations, and other deposits. The distribution shall be determined by the funds available.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the spring semester.

Marlon and Karin Cohn Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Scholarship shall be based on financial need.
  • Scholarship shall be for a student from the Haworth College of Business.

Award criteria:

  • Donor will provide a gift of $2,500 to WMU, which will support a student scholarship during the 2013-14 academic year.

James J. and Martha J. Donoghue Family Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application
  • Must be an incoming full-time freshman enrolled at WMU in a pre-business program, or a current full-time freshman student enrolled in a pre-business program.
  • Preference will be given to an incoming freshman whose home is in Midland County, Michigan; additional preference shall be given to a student who is a graduate of Midland High School.
  • Preference shall be given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need; academic merit shall be a secondary consideration.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship(s) shall be determined by the Haworth College of Business Scholarship Committee based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.
  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, room and board.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • Current recipients may reapply for this scholarship for the next academic year provided they maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.

Fifth Third Bank Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time Junior or Senior with a major or minor in Business.
  • Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority groups.
  • The recipients shall have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • The recipients shall have participated in community service activities in Southwest Michigan coordinated through or approved by HCoB. This includes completion of the community service required by WMU’s Cultural Diversity Scholarships program.
  • Recipients must be eligible for employment with Fifth Third Bank.
  • Must attend the Kalamazoo campus.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the Haworth College of Business based upon the available spendable dollars from the scholarship fund. However, it is the donor’s intention that the award not be less than $1,500 per recipient.
  • A minimum of two scholarships shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.
  • The scholarship selection committee shall be comprised of the standing scholarship selection committee for HCoB and representatives from Fifth Third Bank.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition and fees.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • Current recipients may reapply for this scholarship the next academic year provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. If the scholarship is initially awarded to a student with Senior standing, those students will not be eligible to apply for renewal.
  • In addition, Fifth Third Bank will offer scholarship recipients an opportunity to serve as an intern at Fifth Third Bank during their Junior and/or Senior years. Upon graduation, they may be given priority consideration for employment at Fifth Third Bank.
  • Scholarship recipients may serve as interns during their Junior or Senior year depending on how Fifth Third Bank can best accommodate them to achieve maximum training.

First Agency Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Preference shall be given to an African American student and a Hispanic student.
  • The recipients shall have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Must be a full-time incoming freshman in the Haworth College of Business.

Award criteria:

  • Two equal scholarships will be awarded annually.
  • The amount of the scholarships shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the endowment’s available spending dollars.
  • The scholarship funds will be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and will be available for all educational expenses.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the spring semester.
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided the student maintains a 2.5 GPA and remains a full-time undergraduate student in the Haworth College of Business.

GM/EEOC Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Scholarships are designated for minorities and women.
  • Preference is given to GM employees, their spouses, and children.
  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student in the Haworth College of Business.
  • Recipient will be selected based on who applied for financial assistance.

Award criteria:

  • Annual interest generated from investment of funds is utilized for scholarships. No portion of the funds may be used to cover the expense of administering the program
  • No student may receive more than $2,500/year; however, the award may be renewed up to three times.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester, and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • College determines the amount and number of awards to be provided.
  • Awards may be expanded beyond tuition to include other expenses. Inclusion of the following costs would be appropriate: school books, lab fees, room and board, admission fees, or instructional fees. No recreational sports or social activities are coverable.
  • College requests scholarship nominees to verify GM relationship.
  • College provides annual reports to GM and the EEOC.

Michael B. Kellay Memorial Business Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • The scholarship may be awarded to a full-time freshman or sophomore enrolled in a pre-business curriculum or to a full-time junior or senior enrolled in the Haworth College of Business with a declared major.
  • The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application.
  • The recipient shall be a student who has lost through death, one or both parents.
  • Students will be required to complete and file a FAFSA with the Office of Student Financial Aid for verification.
  • The recipient shall be a student who exhibits a positive outlook relative to his or her future. In addition, the recipient shall exhibit a variety of interests including but not limited to an enjoyment of sports and sporting events.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the Haworth College of Business scholarship committee based upon the endowment’s available spending dollars.
  • A minimum of two scholarships shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spending dollars are available. One half of the award shall be made during the fall semester, and one half during the subsequent semester.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, room and board, and course textbooks.
  • Current recipients may reapply for this scholarship in subsequent academic years provided they have maintained a 3.0 GPA.

David Luce Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student, with a junior or senior status, enrolled in the Haworth College of Business.
  • Financial need shall be the primary consideration.
  • Academic merit will be a secondary consideration with a preferred minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Award criteria:

  • One half of the award shall be made in the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester.
  • The award shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition and fees.
  • The scholarship is renewable for one consecutive academic year provided that the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA each semester.
  • A minimum of one award shall be made annually.
  • The amount of the scholarship shall be the available annual dollars from the endowment.
  • Donors will be friends of Dave Luce.

McKinley Financial Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time incoming freshman in the Haworth College of Business (awarded in even years) and the College of Education (awarded in odd years).
  • Preference shall be given to African American students.
  • The recipient shall have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Award criteria:

  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for all educational expenses.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the spring semester.
  • Four equal scholarships will be available each year, and the amount of the scholarships shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to a period of three years provided the student maintains a 2.5 GPA and remains a full-time undergraduate student in the Haworth College of Business or the College of Education.

Dean Palan Carmel Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a Haworth College of Business major.
  • Must be a single parent.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application.

Award criteria:

  • Two scholarships at $750 each: Total of $1,500.

Norman Clark Perkins Memorial Business Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time student enrolled at WMU and declaring a major in the Haworth College of Business.
  • Preference will be given to a junior or senior.
  • This award shall be merit based and all awardees must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.
  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.
  • The scholarship shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, and book expenses.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • Current recipients may reapply for this scholarship the next academic year provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
  • The college of business shall notify in writing a Perkins family contact each year of the scholarship recipient’s name and address.

Al Pugno Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in any of the College of Business curricula.
  • Must maintain an average of a 2.0 GPA or above.
  • Financial need will be given strong consideration.

Award criteria:

  • Recipients of this award will be encouraged to correspond personally with Mrs. Arlene Pugno. The college will send Mrs. Pugno a list of selections annually.
  • The number of scholarship awards will be based upon annual interest yield from the endowment account. No more than two $300 awards will be offered during the 1975-1976 years. If the yield is sufficiently high, the College of Business scholarship committee and the family member(s) will determine the number of future awards and the amounts to be offered.

The St. Doris Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be an incoming freshman.
  • Must have graduated from Redford High School in Detroit, MI.If an incoming freshman is not available, the scholarship may be awarded to an existing WMU student who graduated from Redford High School.
  • Preference shall be given but not limited to a student indicating a career interest in business.
  • The recipient shall have and maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA.
  • Preference will be given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the available spending dollars from the scholarship fund.
  • It is the donor’s intention to provide the cost of tuition and fees for each academic year the scholarship is awarded.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition and fees.
  • One half of the scholarship will be made prior to each fall semester and one half shall be made prior to each subsequent semester.
  • The scholarship is renewable provided that the recipient remains a full-time undergraduate student and maintains a 2.5 minimum GPA, and has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.
  • If the scholarship is awarded to a Freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a Sophomore, a maximum of two years; to a Junior, a maximum of one year. If awarded to a Senior, it is not renewable.
  • Donor pledged $30,000 to WMU, to be paid over a period of 4 years in equal biannual installments beginning with the first payment in June 2006.

Dean Arnold E. and Roseanne Schneider Endowment Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Recipient shall be the graduating woman, BBA student, with the highest GPA.

Award criteria:

  • Endowment fund; only the interest shall be used to make awards. If the interest is insufficient, no award shall be made.
  • The initial amount of the award shall be $500.
  • The award shall be given once annually, to one recipient.

William T. & Terri L. Sturtvant Business Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student majoring in the Haworth College of Business.
  • Preference shall be given to students enrolled in the Department of Marketing, but all HCoB students shall be eligible.
  • Must have a minimum 3.3 GPA at the time of application.
  • Preference shall be given to eligible students based upon academic merit; students who demonstrate financial need shall be given secondary consideration.

Award criteria:

  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the awarding department based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.
  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, room and board, and books.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • Current recipients who have maintained a 3.3 GPA may reapply provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.

Thomas J. Sullivan Scholarship in Business

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be an incoming or existing full-time freshman student enrolled at WMU in a pre-business program, or to a full-time sophomore student enrolled in a pre-business program, or to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Transfer students are also eligible.
  • The recipient shall have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and maintain a 2.5 GPA as required by the Haworth College of Business for graduation.
  • Preference shall be given to a resident of Kalamazoo County, then to a resident of the state of Michigan.
  • Preference shall also be given to students with relevant business-related work history.

Award criteria:

  • The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need at the discretion of the Office of Student Financial Aid in conjunction with the Haworth College of Business.
  • The amount of the scholarship(s) shall be determined by the Haworth College of Business scholarship selection committee based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.
  • A minimum of one scholarship shall be awarded annually, if sufficient spendable dollars are available.
  • The scholarship funds shall be credited directly to the recipient’s student account and shall be available for tuition, fees, and books.
  • One half of the scholarship shall be made during the fall semester, and one half shall be made during the subsequent semester.
  • Though there is not guaranteed renewal, current recipients may reapply each academic year provided they meet the above criteria and have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress.

Valenti Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in the Haworth College of Business.

Award criteria:

  • The scholarship is renewable.
  • Will give four $2,500 scholarships annually:
  • $10,000 to be paid by December 31, 2013-2017 ($50,000 gift).

Robert A. Welborn Endowed Scholarship in Business and Paper Science and Engineering

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be pursuing, or intending to pursue, a program in Business or Paper Science and Engineering.
  • Must have met the basic academic requirements of WMU and the College of Business or Department of Paper Science and Engineering.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students who are residents of the city of Kalamazoo, Cooper or Richland Townships in the county of Kalamazoo, Precinct #1 of Kalamazoo Township in the county of Kalamazoo, or Barry, Ionia or Montcalm Counties in the state of Michigan at the time of application.

Award criteria:

  • The award will be rotated annually between the College of Business (even years) and Department of Paper Science and Engineering (odd years), unless qualified applicants’ circumstances warrant otherwise.
  • The scholarship shall be for one academic year, non-renewable.
  • The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the committee, in consideration of the amount available from investment income, and may be awarded at any time during the University’s calendar year.
  • The College of Business or the Department of Paper Science and Engineering shall notify the family of the late Robert A. Welborn of the scholarship recipient(s) annually.