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Ruth Y. Kirby Awards

Ruth Y. Kirby taught foreign languages for many years in the Portage and Kalamazoo public schools before joining the faculty of Western Michigan University in 1945. For the 23 years of teaching that followed, Professor Kirby served as an inspiration to her classes and colleagues alike. Her mastery of languages was second only to her unwavering dedication to her students. Because of her very generous bequest in 1990, Ruth Kirby’s devotion to WMU students continues, supporting the study of Spanish on campus and abroad.


There are two types of awards:


Selection criteria

Application and deadline

Fill out the scholarship application by the deadline.