The Seita Scholars Program currently supports up to 150 scholars. Students who are considered active Seita Scholars have been accepted and notified of their acceptance into the Seita Scholars Program, signed their Seita Scholars Program Agreement, are maintaining the requirements of the agreement and are currently attending Western Michigan University as full-time, undergraduate students.
Current Seita Scholars are encouraged to use this website as a resource to access important information about winter and summer gap housing, find important forms that they may need, stay up to date about program information, and available student employment positions.
Through social events, workshops, employment, speaking engagements, registered student organizations, and specific identity groups, Seita Scholars have a range of opportunities to engage in the community during their time at WMU and in the Seita Scholars Program. Some of these opportunities include:
Lady Butterflies is a group for Seita Scholars who identify as female. This group was created to allow female students the opportunity to connect with one another in an effort to increase retention of female Seita Scholars. This is a safe place for female students to build community on and off campus, develop a sense of identity, and hone skills for post-graduate professional settings.
Engaging Men is a group for Seita Scholars who identify as male. This group was created to allow male students the opportunity to connect with one another in an effort to increase retention of male Seita Scholars and a focused persistence to graduation. This is a safe place for male students to build community on and off campus, develop a sense of identity, and hone skills for post-graduate professional settings.
Inspiring Parents is a group for Seita Scholars who are taking on a parental role for any child. The group provides activities that the children can engage in throughout the school year as well as resources to help children grow.
SAFE (Support and Acceptance for Everyone)
This identity group aims to help provide support and resources to Seita Scholars that identify within the gay, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, ally, and transgender+ community. This group is also a support to those Seita Scholars that may be questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. One of the events that we participate in every year is the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC). This is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond!
The purpose of this group is to foster a spirit of loyalty and to promote the general welfare of the Seita Scholars Program, current Seita Scholars and alumni. The Alumni identify group also serves as a networking and social platform for Seita Scholar Program graduates.
Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative
For local meeting dates, please contact Coordinator Ashlee Starke from the Department of Health and Human Services. Contact information is starkeA1@michigan.gov, (269) 779-5334.