Scholarships and Financial Aid

Departmental scholarships

College-wide 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 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.

For more information contact Nancy Cretsinger at or (269) 387-3680. Deadline to apply for 2020-21 is December 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.


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 to one student for each semester for fall and spring semesters

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 time of application; maintain 3.0 GPA during duration of scholarship award time period
•  Preference 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 

Additional resources

•  WMU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships