Scholarship Availability

A limited number of Seminar scholarships are awarded directly from WMU. Scholarship amounts begin at $100. These are awarded based on the recorded audition required for acceptance, so each applicant is automatically considered.


Under normal circumstances, Seminar initially reserves its scholarship funds for students who are not receiving significant help from other sources. Significant help is considered to be one-third or more of the total tuition. Applicants are asked to provide a summary of their scholarship assistance as part of the application process. We rely on an honor system to keep us informed as this information changes.


If a student with a Seminar scholarship awarded by WMU eventually accumulates scholarships from other sources the sum of which exceeds the total amount due, we reserve the right to reduce the amount of our scholarship. Seminar scholarship funds from WMU may not be applied to the $100 non-refundable deposit.


Due to the complex and sometimes personal circumstances surrounding each scholarship decision, we treat our scholarship list as confidential information. Students awarded a Seminar scholarship from WMU are also asked to treat the amount of that scholarship as confidential information.

Non-WMU Scholarships

SEMINAR students often qualify for scholarships from other organizations. We encourage students to actively pursue sources of assistance. A sample of past granters of tuition assistance appears below. Please note: the organizations listed below are in no way associated with Western Michigan University or SEMINAR. Their inclusion in the list below is not a guarantee of scholarships. Pay close attention to each scholarship's requirements and deadlines. Promptly report any non-WMU scholarships or awards you receive.

Allegan Area Arts Council
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Benzi Choral Boosters
Benzi Community Chorus
Capital Region Community Foundation
Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo
Dexter Community Schools
Education Foundation of Greenville
Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation
Gratiot County Community Foundation
Haslett Choir Boosters
Holland Christian Schools Boosters
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA)
Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra
Lakeshore Excellence Foundation
Lenawee Country Educational Foundation
Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan
Niles Service League
Plainwell Schools Band Boosters
Port Huron Musicale
Saint Joseph Band and Orchestra Parent Association
Tuesday Musicale of Jackson, MI
Ukranian Music Institute of America, Inc. Detroit Branch
West Ottawa Music Boosters
Wild Rose Society

Please have scholarship checks mailed to the address below:

Attn: Kevin West
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434