Scholarships

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are a great way to pay for your education and do not need to be repaid. Scholarship award amounts are based on need and the availability of funds. Students may only be awarded a scholarship within ODI once during their enrollment at WMU unless otherwise specified by the scholarship donor. Recipients of any ODI scholarship must provide the awarding unit with a thank you card for the donor.

Applications are due by the following dates:

Spring 2021: January 29

Summer I 2021: May 6

Summer II 2021: June 29

Fall 2021: September 24

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The following scholarships are available through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

College Assistance Migrant Program

Funding Source: Kalamazoo Community Foundation Grant, Private donor Mary Perez, and other private donations

Value: $100 - $500

Purpose: To support CAMP scholars (those who completed their first year at WMU as members of CAMP) with unmet needs such as books, tuition support, graduation regalia, professional development, or other educational needs.

Eligibility: Student must have completed their first year at WMU as a CAMP scholar. Must be enrolled at WMU, have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, and participate in a workshop. Award amount will be determined based on time of application and availability of funds.

DACA/Undocumented Scholarship 

Funding Source: Private Donations 

Value: Max $200 

Eligibility: This scholarship is to support undergraduate students who are ineligible to receive federal student aid due to an undocumented/DACA status. This scholarship is to assist with unmet needs such as books, tuition support, professional development, or other educational needs. Students must be enrolled at WMU, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Award amount will be determined based on time of application and availability of funds. 

Disability Services for Students, Fisher Scholarship

Eligibility: WMU undergraduate and graduate students that are registered with Disability Services for Students, 1) are eligible for services under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2) enrolled in at least one credit hour at WMU can apply for the Fisher Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support students with disabilities that have a financial need. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's available spendable dollars.

Doctors Paul Brown and Bassett Brown and the V. Delores Brown Scholarship

Eligibility: Preference will be given to minority students enrolled in programs of study in pre-medicine, pre-dental, or paramedical fields. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.

Dr. Charles C. Warfield Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress towards degree completion. This scholarship shall be preferentially governed according to the following: (1) Students who demonstrate a financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid, (2) Students who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented student populations, (3) Students who are from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's spendable dollars.

Dr. William F. Pickard Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Preference shall also be given to African American students who are U.S. citizens. Preference shall be given to members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. All other resources from Financial Aid must have been exhausted or not available. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's available spendable dollars. 

Dr. William F. Pickard Scholars Program

Eligibility: This scholarship shall be preferentially governed according to the following: (1) This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has completed between 45 and 75 credit hours and has a GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application and must plan to pursue a graduate degree. (2) Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented populations. (3) The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's available spendable dollars. 

Dulcet Scholarship 

Funding Source: Private Donations 

Value: Max $200 

Eligibility: This scholarship is to support Kalamazoo African American students with unmet needs such as books, tuition support, professional development, or other educational needs. Students must be enrolled at WMU, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be African American, and be a resident of Kalamazoo for at least 6 months. Award amount will be determined based on time of application and availability of funds. 

Honorable Dennis Wayne Archer Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: A full-time undergraduate student who has a GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of the application. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented student populations. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment’s available spendable dollars.

LBGT Student Services Scholarship
Value:

  • $375/student for fall and spring semester OR
    • Maximum 3 awardees/semester
    • $750/student to be awarded in the spring
      • Will be credited to the following fall semester

Eligibility: WMU undergraduate students who, 1) are returning students for the following semester, 2) identify as LGBTQ, 3) have met with the Director of LBGT Student Services regarding their financial status, and 4) are comfortable with fundraising publicity (example: headshot and quote for annual Give Out Day or an article about the impact of the LBGT scholarship).  The scholarship is intended to support LBGT students that may not have significant (or any) familial financial contributions towards the completion of their education. The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's available spendable dollars.

Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Scholarship 

Funding Source: Private Donations 

Value: Max $300 

Eligibility: Applicants must be current MLK Scholars who have completed at least 12 credit hours (undergrad), have a GPA of 2.5 or above, and have actively participated in the MLK Academy. To be considered as actively participated, you must be able to meet the following criteria: 

  • Scholars have met consistently with Academy Leader as required by Tier; Determined by Academy Leader and supervisor  
  • Scholars have completed at least 80% of required assignments  
  • Scholars have met/connected with MLK supervisor or completed mid-term check in  

Multicultural Affairs for Students Scholarship 

Funding Source: Private Donations 

Value: Max $200 

Eligibility: This scholarship is to support (1) Students who demonstrate a financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid. (2) Students who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented student populations with unmet needs such as books, tuition support, professional development or other educational needs. Students must be enrolled at WMU, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Award amount will be determined based on time of application and availability of funds. 

Phyllis E. Seabolt Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a major in the College of Education and Human Development, must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application and be making satisfactory progress towards degree completion.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and who demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid and who are 1st generation college students or are from historically underrepresented student populations.

Raymond Snowden Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: This scholarship shall be preferentially governed according to the following: (1) This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has a GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application and must plan to pursue a graduate degree. (2) Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented populations. (3) The amount of the award will be determined by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's scholarship committee and will be based upon the endowment's available spendable dollars.

Ronald E. Hall Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: The fund shall support students in the Haworth College of Business. Eligible candidates will be undergraduate students enrolled in a major in the Haworth College of Business, be in good academic standing, and making satisfactory progress towards degree completion. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid, who are first-generation college students or are from historically underrepresented student populations, be members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and be students from greater metropolitan Detroit. The award is to be used for tuition, fees, books, on-campus room, and board, or international/study abroad expenses.

The Spectrum Strong Fund Scholarship

Value: $4,000 ($2,000 in the Fall semester and $2,000 in the Spring semester)

Eligibility: WMU students who are registered with Disability Services for Students and who identify with autism. Preference shall be given to a student with financial needs and a Michigan resident. The annual gift shall support one student receiving services from the Autism Services Center. Should the student leave the university during, or at the conclusion of, the fall semester, the monies that are allocated for the spring semester will be released and awarded to another eligible student.

How to apply

An ODI Scholarship application must be completed to be considered for any of the scholarships listed above.

ODI scholarship APPLICATIon

For more information or to inquire about available spendable dollars or eligibility, please contact the executive assistant senior at enedelia.cruz@wmich.edu or the business manager at jamie.r.white@wmich.edu

 

Other scholarship opportunities

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has scholarship opportunities available on their website.