Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

In an attempt to assist students with some of their financial burden, the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University offers a few scholarship opportunities. The application deadlines for School of Social Work scholarships are:

  • Currently enrolled MSW students: March 15 for 2017-18 academic year
  • Currently enrolled BSW students: February 15 for 2017-18 academic year
  • Incoming MSW students: applications due with program application

Information specific to undergraduate scholarships:

  • The School of Social Work offers scholarships to students who are admitted to the BSW program. According to university policies, scholarships for the upcoming academic year must be awarded by May 1. For example, awards for 2017-2018 must be announced by May 1, 2017.

For School of Social Work scholarship information,  please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at swrk-admi@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8482.

Scholarship application

Rebecca Binkowski Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be second-year, full-time MSW student
  • At least a 3.75 GPA
  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference from a supervisor or director with whom they have work experience in the field of human services
  • Financial need

Award amount: $1,000 to $4,000 depending on availability. Award may only be used for books, tuition, fees.

Charlene Cove Russell Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a MSW student
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Priority given to a working parent(s) pursuing a career in school social work
  • Prior experience in field, or active in community service

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Steven Crumm Scholarship  

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time MSW student
  • Active in community service
  • Priority given to working parents
  • 3.0 GPA

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Note: Awarded to one student annually, split between fall and spring semester

Nathaniel McCaslin Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a BSW student or second-year MSW student 
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Member of a disenfranchised group
  • Priority given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria: first generation family member pursuing a college degree; commitment to working with adolescents; single parent status; history of, or interest in, working in a community service area

Award amount: no less than $250 depending on availability. Award may be used for education-related expenses

Note: Awarded to one BSW and one second year MSW in the spring semester.

Robert Barstow Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time BSW student or first year MSW student 
  • Priority given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • The past or present TANF/AFDC recipient
    • Current or past employee of Department of Human Services
    • Express an interest in child welfare
  • Financial need

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability.

Note: Awarded to one BSW and one first year MSW in the fall semester.

Deloris Jordan Phillips Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be BSW or MSW student
  • Academic merit—awarded to the applicant with the best academic record 

Award amount: no less than $1,000 depending on availability. The scholarship is a two-year award which provides half the award during the fall semester of each years.

Elena Thomas Honorary Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a BSW or MSW student
  • Must be a non-traditional aged student
  • Financial need

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Victoria and willie h. pickard Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time junior or senior BSW student
  • Financial need
  • At least a 3.0 GPA

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability. Award is for tuition, fees, and room and board.

John P. Mellein Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Preference shall be given to enrolled, full-time BSW students
  • Demonstrated an interest in areas of study including but not limited to mental health, social justice, community planning and development, or social policy
  • At least a 3.3 GPA

Award: Award is for tuition, fees, and room and board.

Gayle Strutz Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Determined at discretion of Scholarship Committee

Award amount: at least $500

Whitney Young Scholar Award(s):

The Whitney Young Scholars Award is a faculty nominated award.  Student need not apply.  Faculty are encouraged to nominate students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student from any WMU academic department
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated history of community service

Award amount: $500 

Note: Students are nominated by faculty or staff.

Other resources

WMU Graduate College programs 

Western Michigan University provides fellowships and assistantships for students planning to pursue graduate study. 

WMU financial aid

WMU's Office of Financial Aid facilitates application to various financial assistance programs. For all loan information, contact the Office of Financial Aid early in the application process. Early loan applications have priority. It is best to apply between Jan. 1 and March 1.