Study Abroad and Research and Creative Activities Support

The Lee Honors College is pleased to offer our honors students scholarships to help defray the costs of study abroad or to facilitate the pursuit of research and creative activities.

The Lee Honors College Awards Review Committee, made up of faculty from various academic colleges, chooses recipients of these competitive scholarships based primarily on the quality of proposals rather than financial need. We strongly recommended that students work closely with a faculty mentor to complete the scholarship application. Many of these scholarships were made possible by our generous donors and scholarship recipients may be asked to contact donors to thank them.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The number and dollar amounts of scholarships vary each year depending upon available funds. Generally students with a strong application and who are studying abroad for longer periods receive larger awards.

Endowed scholarships include:

  • The Carl and Winifred Lee Endowed Research Travel Scholarship: This scholarship supports travel for Lee Honors College students pursuing original research and/or study abroad. It is the intent of this award to strengthen and broaden the experience of undergraduate students, and to make them more competitive as they apply for nationally recognized scholarships (e.g., the Rhodes, British Marshall, Goldwater, Truman or Udall scholarships) or prepare for graduate studies.
  • The Nicholas A. and Barbara A. Andreadis Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship: This scholarship was created to provide a degree of financial assistance to Lee Honors College students participating in study abroad programs. Students who go on WMU-sponsored programs will be given preference, but those planning to enroll in programs sponsored by other universities may also apply. Applications from students who have never studied or traveled abroad are particularly welcome. Preference may be given to students who do not have other substantial scholarships.
  • The Susan M. Dick International Study Scholarship: This scholarship was created to provide a degree of financial assistance to Lee Honors College students participating in study abroad programs. Students shall provide proof of acceptance into an international study abroad program and a written proposal as to how and why this foreign study experience would benefit them in their undergraduate studies as well as enhance their personal career goals and options.
  • The Sarah E. and William J. Parsons Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created to provide a degree of financial assistance to Lee Honors College students participating in study abroad programs. Students must be at a junior level and in good standing with the college in order to receive support. Applications from students who have never studied or traveled abroad are particularly welcome. Preference may be given to students who do not have other substantial scholarships.

 For more information on Study Abroad, please visit Broncos Abroad.

External sources of funding for study abroad are also available. Please review the document for more information.

Research and Creative Activities Scholarships

Each year we have $30,000 available for research and creative activities scholarships. Scholarships of up to $3,000 are awarded to students engaged in research or creative activities such as fine arts or creative work. Students may use the scholarship funds to pay themselves for their work or to offset costs associated with their projects.

Deadlines

If the dates below fall on a weekend, the deadline is the first following business day.

For scholarships to be used in spring semester

  • Deadline: Oct. 15 by 5 p.m.
  • Announced: Nov. 15 by 5 p.m.

For scholarships to be used in summer or fall semester

  • Deadline: Feb. 15 by 5 p.m.
  • Announced: March 15 by 5 p.m.
Eligibility
  • Applicants must be full-time WMU undergraduate students.
  • Students must be in good standing with the University and the Lee Honors College in all areas, including GPA, honors college sponsored events and community service requirements.
  • Honors college students may receive up to two study abroad awards or a combination of a study abroad and research and creative activities award during their time as an honors student at WMU. Research and creative activities awards are typically awarded to a student once during their time as an honors student.

Note: Please be sure to submit all paperwork and requested materials accurately and completely in order to facilitate the work of the committee and increase your opportunity to be funded. Incomplete or late applications will not receive consideration unless prior arrangements are made, in writing, with the dean of the honors college.

Proposal Guidelines