Graduate Scholarships


Award amounts are determined by the endowment unless noted. Eligibility for each competitive scholarship is listed below. Awards for fall and spring will be made before the end of the previous spring semester. Monies for the awards will be disbursed with half of the award credited to the student's account at the start of the fall and the spring semesters. Scholarships which specify enrollment criteria are based upon university enrollment standards.

To be considered for scholarships with financial need criteria, you must have submitted a FAFSA application. The federal school code for Western Michigan University is 002330. If you do not complete a FAFSA, you are still eligible to apply for consideration for CEHD scholarships without financial need criteria.


The 2020-21 scholarship application period is closed.


Captain Robert E.T. Beisel, Jr. Graduate Scholarship

Kelly Carman Memorial Scholarship

  • Junior, senior or graduate student
  • Enrolled full-time majoring in early childhood education and/or elementary education
  • Preference given to non-traditional students
  • Renewable up to a maximum of two consecutive years for a junior undergraduate and one consecutive year for a senior undergraduate or graduate student if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available.

Dorothy H. and Cora Hurd Charles Scholarship

  • All students enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum are eligible.

George G. Dales Endowed Fellowship

  • Must be a graduate student in the department of Human Performance and Health Education in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Preference going to a student from Greece. An international student will be awarded if there is no Greek student applicant.
  • Must remain in good academic standing per program requirements

P. Joann Womble Dehring Memorial Education Endowed Scholarship

  • Full-time student in teacher education program, the counseling education program, or the counseling psychology program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Current recipients may reapply for the scholarship the next academic year provided they have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress and sufficient funding is available. Furthermore, if the scholarship is awarded to a freshman, it shall be renewable for a maximum of three years; to a sophomore, a maximum of two years; to a junior, a maximum of one year. If it awarded to a senior or graduate student, it is not renewable.

John W. and Evelyn M. Fry English Scholarship Fund

  • All students enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum are eligible.

Marion I. Hall Endowment Scholarship

  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to students preparing for careers in elementary or secondary education (teacher certification programs)

Everett L. and Marian Holden Endowed Scholarship

  • Demonstrated financial need 
  • High academic standing

Lucille Abbott Nobbs and Alpha Beta Epsilon Endowed Scholarship

  • Members of, or a direct descendent of a member of, the ABE WMU Sorority will receive first preference for this scholarship. Applicants are responsible for indicating membership or familial relationship on the application and providing verification if necessary.
  • Must be a full-time junior, senior or graduate student
  • Preference shall be given to students enrolled in the teacher education program
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Award is solely for WMU tuition, fees and book expenses
  • May be renewable upon reapplication (two consecutive years) if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available

Merze Tate Scholarship

  • Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need (including, but not limited to, deserving foreign students who are in need of financial assistance)

Luchara and Greg Wallace Student Support Fund

  • Enrolled in a program in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Financial need a priority
  • May also be used for internships, field placements, student travel, study abroad, childcare and/or transportation needs