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Empowering Futures Housing Scholarship

Find your community. Find your family. Find your home.

About the scholarship

Created by the largest donation for a public university in U.S. history, the Empowering Futures Housing Scholarships makes the full Western experience possible for future Broncos looking to begin the journey to the rest of their lives. Getting into college is step one; affording it is step two. And while there are opportunities to earn academic scholarships, living expenses are a substantial portion of college costs. 

The Empowering Futures Housing Scholarship reduces room and board costs for qualified students for their first year on campus; eligible students may apply for a second year. Recipients will live in the Bronco Connect Living Learning Community, specially designed to provide students a strong start to college by creating belonging and providing enhanced career exploration, community engagement, study skills and campus life.


Award amount

The Empowering Futures Housing Scholarship is valued at up to $6,000 per year with an opportunity to apply for a second year.


Consideration criteria 



To take advantage of this rare opportunity only Western offers, apply in ScholarshipUniverse for the Empowering Futures Housing Scholarship, which requires short answers (250 words maximum) to two questions. The application along with a completed WMU admission application file† are due by March 31, 2023; decisions will be announced in April.


*Select Grand Rapids high schools

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy
Grace Christian Academy
Grand Rapids City High School
Grand Rapids Learning Center
Grand Rapids Montessori High School
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
Grand Rapids University Prep
Innovation Central High School
West Catholic High School
West Michigan Aviation Academy
Lake Michigan Academy
Ottawa Hills High School
Southeast Career Pathways

Southwest Community Campus High School
Union High School
Grand Rapids Adventist Academy

Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School
Grand Rapids Christian High School
Grand Rapids Covenant House Academy
Hope Academy of West Michigan
NorthPointe Christian High School
NexTech High School
Plymouth Christian High School
Sacred Heart Academy High School
Wellspring Preparatory High School

†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 or direct admission to the Bronson School of Nursing must complete their admission application by the Early Action deadline. Learn more about admission criteria for these programs by visiting the Competitive Admission Program page. Both programs are for fall entry only.