College of Health and Human Services Scholarships

The College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University recognizes the importance of a quality education. A number of scholarships are awarded annually by the college as part of our our dedication to helping you find a way to achieve your higher education goals. Review the following eligibility criteria and complete the application to apply for the following scholarships.

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CHHS Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in one of the College of Health and Human Services programs
  • Be a graduate (first or second year) or undergraduate (minimum sophomore, junior or senior) to apply
  • Registered for not less than 12 hours undergraduate or 9 hours graduate level credit
  • Cumulative grade point average:  3.0 minimum

Award amount: Varies


Elissa Gatlin Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • 2.75 GPA for undergraduates
  • 3.00 GPA for graduates
  • Enrolled in professional programs in occupational therapy, nursing, speech pathology, blindness and low vision studies, social work or physician assistant
  • U.S. citizen
  • Based on financial need
  • African American, Native American or Hispanic American

Award amount: $500


Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship Fund

Eligibility criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate student, in a degree granting curriculum in Health and Human Services
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and shall maintain this GPA during the duration of the scholarship award time period
  • Preference shall be given to eligible students who demonstrate overall high academic achievement and dedication to a career in Health and Human Service areas, with an emphasis on serving the aged

Award amount: Minimum of $500


Jeffrey and Barbara Vortman Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • CHHS dean determines each annually the specific department or program to which the scholarship will go.  Applicants will be sought from among those students enrolled in the selected department or program
  • Preference shall be given to students with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the health and human services field

Award amount: $500