Graduate Scholarships

Application process

The scholarship application window is December 1 through February 15 for the following academic year.

To apply for these and other scholarships, please access WMU’s ScholarshipUniverse system. To be considered for scholarships with financial need criteria, you must have submitted a FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year. The federal school code for Western Michigan University is 002330. If you do not complete the FAFSA, you are still eligible to apply for consideration for scholarships without financial need criteria.

To view college and departmental scholarships, use the advanced search to filter by organization (College of Education and Human Development). Submitting one CEHD application will consider you for all college-level scholarships you are eligible for. We recommend completing as many matching questions in the system as possible and completing your FAFSA before applying in order to ensure you are considered for as many scholarships as possible. You can also answer matching questions by clicking into individual CEHD/departmental scholarships before submitting your application.

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  • Bess L. Stinson Scholarship
    • Enrolled in any curriculum in the College of Education and Human Development
    • Must maintain 3.0 GPA (may have a 2.5 with faculty recommendation)
    • May be renewable upon reapplication if requirements continue to be met and sufficient funding is available
  • Captain Robert E.T. Beisel, Jr. Graduate Scholarship
  • Dorothy H. and Cora Hurd Charles Scholarship
    • All students enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum are eligible.
  • Everett L. and Marian Holden Endowed Scholarship
    • Demonstrated financial need 
    • High academic standing
  • Gary L and Sandra S Wegenke Endowment for Dissertation Completion
    • The Gary L. and Sandra S. Wegenke Endowment for Dissertation Completion will be selected by the dean of CEHD from candidates nominated by department chairs.
    • Provide financial support toward the completion of student's studies.
    • Awardee must have had a dissertation proposal accepted and has completed the literature review.
  • 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
  • John W. and Evelyn M. Fry English Scholarship Fund
    • All students enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development curriculum are eligible.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Ron & Diane Reece Teacher Education Fund
    • The Ron & Diane Reece Teacher Education Fund can be used at the discretion of the dean to support the education of future teachers. In the unlikely event that the College of Education and Human Development ceases to exist, this fund shall be used to provide scholarships to students pursuing education as a career.
  • Samuel Kenneth Smart, Jr. Scholarship
    • Enrolled in the elementary or secondary education curriculum which will prepare them to become school instructors of science or mathematics
    • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Wan Chen and Ming Li Scholarship for International Study
    • Participate in a non-English based study abroad program
    • Candidates include any WMU undergraduate or graduate student
    • Students must provide proof of acceptance into a international study abroad program, processing of an application request for funding with a proposed budget, and submission of a written proposal as to how and why this foreign study experience would benefit them in their studies as well as enhance their personal career goals and options.