Harriett Kiser Creed HPHE Scholarship

Eligible majors

B.S. in athletic training, exercise science, physical and health education teacher education, recreation/sport management 


  • Recipient shall be a full-time junior or senior.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Proven financial need (as determined by Office of Financial Aid).
  • Preference shall be given to applicants with the highest cumulative GPA, who demonstrate involvement in related activities of the Department of Human Performance and Health Education related activities, and present a minimum of three recommendations (one from a representative of the HPHE department, one from a representative of Western Michigan University, and one from a non-academic, non-related source).
  • Applicants must express their commitment and ambitions in the field of their chosen major by submitting a written essay (minimum 250 words).

Award amount


Additional information

Decisions on the award are made during the spring semester. The award funds are disbursed to the student’s account during the following fall semester. The student must have full-time status and a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the fall semester for the award funds to be disbursed.

About Harriett Kiser Creed

Harriett Kiser Creed, who died in November 1990 at the age of 58, loved physical education and had spend her career perfecting her knowledge of this important aspect of learning. A native of Tazewell, Va., Creed earned her Bachelor’s Degree in physical education from the University of Chattanooga and her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee.

Creed taught at both high school and college levels, at Hubbard High School in Ohio and the Kalamazoo Public Schools. She joined Western Michigan University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1967. As an associate professor of physical education, she took pride developing all of the printed materials for independent study for general physical education students. She also coordinated the undergraduate health, physical education and recreation programs. Her other achievements included coordinating health and physical education student teachers with the Directed Teaching Office. As director of the Physical Education Learning Lab, she also helped students perfect their abilities and talents. Many have learned from her and put that knowledge to good use in their lives and in their teaching.

Creed was married to Donald Creed and had three children: Susan, a 1979 WMU graduate, Nancy, a 1981 WMU graduate and Stephen. She also had five grandchildren.