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 2013. Students must have completed an admissions application by December 7th 2012. 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.
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:
The event takes place right here on the Western Michigan University west campus in Kalamazoo on Saturday, January 26th and Saturday, February 2nd 2013. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter in Michigan can be cold and snowy. With that in mind, a Medallion competition has never been cancelled; 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.
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.