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 nancy.cretsinger@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3680. The deadline to apply for college-wide scholarships for 2018-19 is December 21, 2017.

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CHHS Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  Must be enrolled in a program in the College of Health and Human Services
•  Must be a graduate student (first or second year) or undergraduate student (later than first year) to apply
•  Registered for a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credit hours
•  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Award amount: Varies

Elissa Gatlin Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  2.75 GPA for undergrad or 3.0 GPA for graduate
•  Must be enrolled in professional program in occupational therapy, nursing, speech pathology, blindness and low vision studies, social work or physician assistant
•  U.S. citizen
•  African American, Native American or Hispanic American
•  Based on financial need
Award amount: $500 

Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship Fund

Eligibility criteria:
•  Full-time undergraduate student in a CHHS degree program
•  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 

Jeffrey and Barbara Vortman Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:
•  CHHS dean annually determines the department that will receive the scholarship.
•  Applicants will be sought from among those students enrolled in the selected department or program
•  Preference given to students pursuing a career in the health and human services field
Award amount: $500

Additional resources

•  WMU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships