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First-Year Scholarships

As a first-year student at WMU, you have scholarship opportunities that can help you save on your education. Our scholarships fall under a wide range of categories such as academic excellence, financial need, program participation, Michigan residential status (see our Empowering Futures scholarships) and beyond.

If you’re looking for other types of funding outside of scholarships, our financial aid homepage can help you access additional sources.

Admissions scholarships

Medallion Scholarship Program

Value: The Medallion Scholarship is WMU’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship offered to incoming first-year students and valued at approximately $90,920 over the course of four years. This includes:

  • Up to $16,000 per year (for four years) for tuition and fees.
  • An on-campus housing scholarship of up to $5,600 per year (for four years).
  • A one-time engagement scholarship of up to $3,000 to help fund either study abroad or research.

Consideration criteria: Medallion scholars stand out among their peers. Students are selected through a competitive, holistic review of the admissions application file. No additional scholarship application is required. Up to 60 semifinalists will be selected to participate in an interview to select up to 20 Medallion Scholars. 

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by the Early Action deadline of Dec. 15. Semifinalists will be notified in February.

Notes: Please refer to the Medallion Scholarship webpage for further details regarding the use of scholarship funds.

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  • WMU has the resources of a bigger school, but it is small enough to make each individual feel special. While other colleges mostly relied on their reputation to recruit me, the admissions team at WMU made a huge effort to make me feel welcome on campus. No other school came close to the personal attention WMU gave me.

    Emily Bosak, senior and Medallion Scholar

 

Foundation Scholarship

Value: $64,000 ($16,000/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.70 GPA at the time of admission and verified, significant financial need

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† and scholarship application due in ScholarshipUniverse by March 1. The application will open on Dec. 1. Recipients will be notified in March.

  • More details on Foundation Scholarship

    Award amount

    • $64,000 over four years / $16,000 per year

    Consideration criteria

    • 3.70+ weighted cumulative GPA* at the time of admission
    • Must be a first-year student enrolling in fall
    • Admissible to WMU
    • Have verified financial need based on one or more of the following criteria:
        • Student is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
        • Student is a ward of the state, an orphan, or in foster care.
        • Student is homeless, as determined by their district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison.
        • Student is undocumented/DACA.
    • Undocumented/DACA students are invited to apply for this scholarship
    • Please note that the GPA and financial need criteria are the minimum criteria for consideration. The Foundation Scholarship is highly competitive and selective, and not all students who meet the consideration criteria will be awarded. 

    Deadline

    • The Foundation Scholars application will open in ScholarshipUniverse on Dec. 1. A completed WMU admission application file† and scholarship application are due by Feb. 15.

    Notes

    • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All available financial information will be used to make final scholarship decisions.   
    • Students who qualify for more than one admission scholarship will be awarded the scholarship of highest value.

    *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.

Bronco Merit 

Value: $16,000 ($4,000/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.85 GPA at the time of admission

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by the Rolling Admissions deadline of June 1 (extended from Dec. 15 as long as funds remain available).

  • More details on Bronco Merit Scholarship

    Award amount

    • $16,000 over four years / $4,000 per year

    Award criteria

    • 3.85 GPA* at the time of admission
    • Must be a first-year student enrolling in fall

    Deadline

    • A complete admission application file† is due by the rolling admission deadline of June 1 (extended from the early action deadline of Dec. 15, as long as funds remain available). Information in the admission application file will be used to determine eligibility and during the scholarship selection process. No additional materials or applications are required to be considered.

    Notes

    *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.

Bronco Honors

Value: $14,000 ($3,500/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.60 GPA at the time of admission

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by the Rolling Admissions deadline of June 1 (extended from Dec. 15 as long as funds remain available).

  • More details on Bronco Honors Scholarship

    Award amount

    • $14,000 over four years / $3,500 per year

    Award criteria

    • 3.60 GPA* at the time of admission
    • Must be a first-year student enrolling in fall

    Deadline

    • A complete admission application file† is due by the rolling admission deadline of June 1 (extended from the early action deadline of Dec. 15, as long as funds remain available). Information in the admission application file will be used to determine eligibility and during the scholarship selection process. No additional materials or applications are required to be considered.

    Notes

    *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.

Brown & Gold 

Value: $8,000 ($2,000/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.30 GPA at the time of admission

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by the Rolling Admissions deadline of June 1 (extended from Dec. 15 as long as funds remain available).

  • More details on Brown & Gold Scholarship

    Award amount

    • $8,000 over four years / $2,000 per year 

    Award criteria

    • 3.30 GPA* at the time of admission
    • Must be a first-year student enrolling in fall

    Deadline

    • A complete admission application file† is due by the rolling admission deadline of June 1 (extended from the early action deadline of Dec. 15, as long as funds remain available). Information in the admission application file will be used to determine eligibility and during the scholarship selection process. No additional materials or applications are required to be considered.

    Notes

    *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.

Bronco Recognition

Value: $6,000 ($1,500/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.00 GPA at the time of admission

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by the Rolling Admissions deadline of June 1 (extended from Dec. 15 as long as funds remain available).

  • More details on Bronco Recognition Scholarship

    Award amount

    • $6,000 over four years / $1,500 per year

    Award criteria

    • 3.00 GPA* at the time of admission
    • Must be a first-year student enrolling in fall

    Deadline

    • A complete admission application file† is due by the rolling admission deadline of June 1 (extended from the early action deadline of Dec. 15, as long as funds remain available). Information in the admission application file will be used to determine eligibility and during the scholarship selection process. No additional materials or applications are required to be considered.

    Notes

    *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.

Empowering Futures scholarships

  • Academics at WMU, nursing practical classroom.

Bronco Promise

Value: Full tuition for up to five years

Consideration criteria: Admitted, full-time, first-year students who are Michigan residents. Household adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less and household net assets under $50,000. No GPA minimum.

Deadline: Complete admissions application file† by June 1. Complete FAFSA by July 1.

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Bronco Connect Scholarship

Value: Up to $6,000

Consideration criteria: Admitted, first-year, undergraduate students who are Michigan residents with demonstrated financial need

Deadline: Scholarship application due in ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA completed by March 31.

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Other scholarship opportunities

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MLK GOLD

Value: $32,000 ($8,000/year for four years)

Consideration criteria: 3.00+ GPA at the time of admission and at least two of the following criteria:

  • Participation in a pre-college/bridge or migrant education program
  • Eligibility for participation in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program
  • First-generation college student.

Students are selected through a competitive, holistic review of the admissions 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 in March.

Deadline: Completed admissions application file† by Feb. 15.

  • More details on MLK GOLD 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. 

    Deadline

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

    Notes

    *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 webpage.

Paper Technology Foundation scholarships

WMU's Paper Technology Foundation (PTF) awards generous merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year paper engineering students.

Value: Scholarships range from $2,400 to $4,000 annually and can be stacked with other WMU merit-based scholarships.

Consideration criteria: PTF scholarships are awarded to first-year students based on their GPA at the time they are admitted to WMU. 

Deadline: Completed admissions application file† by annual WMU application deadline of June 1. Students must list paper engineering as their intended academic major on their application in order to be considered for PTF scholarships. No additional application materials are needed.

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Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship

Value: One-time, nonrenewable award worth $500.

Consideration criteria: Award is given to students whose parent, step-parent or legal guardian is a WMU graduate.

Deadline: No additional application steps required; this information is collected in the application for admission.

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Seita Scholarship

Value: Partial-tuition scholarship

Consideration criteria: Students who have lived some or all of their teenage years in foster care. See additional criteria.

Deadline: Scholarship application due by May 15.

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Notes on scholarship awards

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 application. 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 webpage.

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More funding opportunities

  • Federal student grants: A federal student grant is a type of financial aid that you don’t have to pay back. They come in the form of the federal Pell Grant, the federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the federal TEACH Grant.

  • State of Michigan scholarships: Residents of Michigan may qualify for scholarships or grants. The state of Michigan will notify WMU of student eligibility, and the financial aid office will offer students accordingly.

  • Private scholarships: Private scholarships are free funds from sources outside of WMU. Scholarships that are received from a private source must be reported to the University and must be factored in to existing student financial aid offers.

  • Loans: Loans are another way to finance your education. Undergraduate and graduate students and parents of dependent students may borrow money to pay for educational expenses.

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