WMU News

Student volunteers eligible for $500 scholarships

Feb. 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- While some say that volunteering is its own reward, Western Michigan University students who devote time to serving others can also be rewarded with cash prizes totaling $5,000.

The 11th annual Volunteer Service Scholarship competition will award 10 $500 scholarships for the 2002-03 academic year to undergraduate students who work to improve the quality of life for others. Agencies, institutions and individuals are invited to nominate their WMU student volunteers for the awards, and students are also encouraged to nominate themselves. The application deadline is Friday, March 8.

To be eligible, contest entrants must be currently registered at WMU and taking at least one credit hour of classes. In addition, they must be enrolled as undergraduates at the University during the 2002-03 fall and winter semesters, and the volunteer service for which they are nominated must have taken place within the last two years.

Applications will be evaluated on the impact of the volunteer work, change resulting from it and the amount of innovation shown while performing this work. Organizers encourage nominators to submit brochures, photos and other materials that verify and support their application.

The scholarship competition is sponsored by WMU's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Application forms are available on campus from the financial aid office, which is located in the Faunce Student Services Building, or from Student Volunteer Services, which is located in the Lee Honors College.

For more information, contact Michelle Saigh in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (269) 387-6017 or Kristi Zimmerman-Frost in Student Volunteer Services at (269) 387-3230.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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