Scholarships and Financial Aid

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 2022-23 is January 25 at 11:59 p.m.


Department Scholarships

College scholarship details

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 graduate and one undergrad student for each fall and spring semester

Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship

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: Varies

E. Arthur and Lorna Pierre Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Development (awarded in even years) or the College of Health and Human Services (awarded in odd years)
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • The College of Health and Human Services Scholarship shall be awarded to a first-year professional student who is a graduate of a public school in Oakland County, Michigan

Award amount: Varies

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: Varies

CHHS Scholarship

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be enrolled in one of the College of Health and Human Services programs
  • Be a graduate (first or second year) or undergraduate (second year or later) to apply
  • Registered for not fewer than 12 hours undergraduate or nine hours graduate level credit
  • Cumulative grade point average:  3.0 minimum
  • May not simultaneously hold any other WMU or CHHS scholarship 

Award amount: Varies