The Seita Scholarship

The Seita Scholarship is a tuition scholarship that supports WMU students who have lived some or all of their teenage years in foster care. This WMU scholarship is named to honor Dr. John Seita who is a three-time alum of WMU. The scholarship pays for tuition of undergraduate courses at WMU. Books, fees, housing, food and other living expenses are not included in the scholarship; however, most or all of these costs may be covered by financial aid and available state support, thereby making it possible for a Seita scholar to earn an undergraduate degree with few or no student loans. The Seita Scholarship is only offered to fall semester admits to WMU.

  • The Seita Scholarship is designed to support students who have lived in foster care on or after the 14th birthday. To qualify, students must meet all eligibility criteria of the scholarship.
  • The Seita Scholarship is renewable each semester up to completion of the undergraduate degree, as long as the student files a FAFSA by March 1st every year, continues to live on campus, and maintains satisfactory academic progress. Students who are eligible for more than one scholarship for first-time students at WMU will be awarded the one with the highest value.
  • Recipients of the Seita Scholarship must abide by the scholarship agreement, which includes the following benefits and conditions:
    • Reside on-campus;
    • Maintain full-time student status;
    • Take a seminar course for Seita scholars;
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
    • Participate in academic monitoring;
    • Abide by university codes for campus living;
    • Attend all classes;
    • Attend scheduled program events;
    • Pay bills on time;
    • Meet regularly with a program advisor;
    • Refrain from working off campus;
    • Campus coaches to help navigate campus life.
  • Recipients of the Seita Scholarship are enrolled in the Seita Scholars Program.

Foster Youth and Higher Education Initiative
Seita Scholars Program
Faunce Student Services, Room 1111
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5302 USA
(269) 387-8362 | (269) 387-8360 Fax


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