Scholarships and Awards

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University offers the following scholarships to students.

Scholarships and awards requiring application

A single application form is used for the following three awards. Applications are also available outside 410 Sprau Tower.

Department Travel and Study Abroad Award

  • Amount: Minimum $400.
  • Deadline: Feb. 15.
  • Purpose: To encourage students to further develop their language skills and broaden their understanding of other cultures. The awards may be used for travel or study abroad during any part of the summer or academic year.

President's Scholarship for Study Abroad

  • Amount: 12 scholarships of $1,000 each.
  • Deadlines: Oct. 15, Feb. 15.
  • Eligibility: To be used by a French, German, Japanese or Latin major or by an Arabic, Chinese, Classics or Russian minor to study at a foreign university, or in a study abroad program sponsored by an American university, for a minimum of one semester. This award is for study abroad in the fall and spring semesters.
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President's Award for Study Abroad

  • Amount: Two awards of $1,250, one given in the fall semester; the other in the spring semester.
  • Deadlines: Oct. 15, Feb. 15.
  • Eligibility: To be used by a French, German, Japanese or Latin major or by an Arabic, Chinese, Classics or Russian minor to study at a foreign university, or in a study abroad program sponsored by an American university, for a minimum of one semester. This award is for study abroad in the fall and spring semesters.
  • See full description.

Amounts are subject to change.

Tamin Loan Fund

  • Amount: Loans of up to $500 for students of French.
  • Purpose: In honor of professor emerita Marion Tamin.

Scholarships and awards not requiring application

Recipients are selected by faculty on the basis of academic excellence and dedication to foreign language study.

  • Margaret H. Brooks Award for Study in France: $100
  • Victor Coutant Award in Classics: $100
  • Elizabeth Giedeman Award in Classics: $100
  • Eunice E. Kraft Award for Excellence in Latin: $100
  • Hermann E. Rothfuss Award for Excellence in German: $1,000
  • Mathilde Steckelberg Scholarship: one each in Latin, French and German; approximately $1,000 each
  • National Slavic Honor Society, Delta Sigma/Dobro Slovo: $100

Annual department awards

  • Department Presidential Scholar
  • Excellence in Arabic
  • Excellence in Chinese
  • Excellence in Italian
  • Excellence in Japanese
  • Excellence in Russian
  • Frances E. Noble Prize for Excellence in French
  • Preis der Bundesrepublik
  • Prix d'Honneur de l'Ambassadeur de France
  • Prix de l'Alliance Fran├žaise

College of Arts and Sciences International Study Scholarship

As part of its commitment to increase access to international education, the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University invites qualified undergraduates to apply for funds to help support their study abroad experience.

WMU Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

WMU Student Financial Aid and Scholarships offers University-wide scholarships.