MLK G.O.L.D. Scholarship

About the Fall 2024 MLK G.O.L.D. Scholarship

Award amount

  • $32,000 over four years / $8,000 per year

Consideration criteria

  • 3.00+ weighted cumulative GPA at the time of admission
  • Admissible to WMU
  • Meet at least two of the following criteria:
  1. Participation in a pre-college/bridge or migrant education program. Pre-college/bridge programs include, but are not limited to, the following TRiO Programs: Education Opportunity Center, GEAR UP, Talent Search, or Upward Bound. Letter of verification from director of the pre-college, migrant, or TRiO program is required. 
  2. Eligible for participation in the Federal Free or Reduced Price lunch program.
  3. First-generation college student.
  • Must be a first-year student enrolling in the fall.
  • Students are selected through a competitive, holistic review of the admission application file. No additional scholarship application is required. This scholarship is highly selective, and up to 30 MLK GOLD Scholars will be selected and notified. 


  • A completed WMU admission application file† is due by February 15. Recipients will be notified in March.


*Scholarships are awarded based on the transcript GPA at the time of admission. GPA requirements are based on a 4.00 scale. Transcript GPAs that are not on a 4.00 scale will be recalculated accordingly. Students awarded more than one Office of Admissions scholarship will be awarded the scholarship of highest value. Awards are subject to change.

†A complete admission application file includes: application (Common App including WMU supplement), official high school transcripts and $40 application fee or fee waiver. Students who wish for an ACT/SAT score to be considered in review must self-report their score on the admission app. Students interested in Aviation Flight Science and direct admission to the Bronson School of Nursing must complete their admission application by the Early Action deadline. Learn more on the Competitive Admission Programs website.