Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Dr. Deither Haenicke, namesake of the Deither H. Haenicke scholarship for international students, with students at commencement in the 1980's.

The Deither H. Haenicke Scholarship for international students is named after Dr. Deither H. Haenicke (pictured above), president emeritus and stalwart advocate for international education at Western Michigan University.

While most U.S. federal financial aid is restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international undergraduate students may apply to other funding sources. For a U.S. university to issue an I-20 or DS-2019, international students must provide evidence of the ability to pay for all tuition and living expenses.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education and can be awarded upon various criteria that might include academic merit and demonstration of financial need. 

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities at WMU 

Most scholarships can be combined so we encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as possible!


The Diether H. Haenicke Scholarship

The Diether H. Haenicke Scholarship is a merit-based, annual award for international students at Western Michigan University. The award amounts are determined by cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) on a four-point scale.

Decorative image depicting award amounts based on GPA. Available in table under Scholarship Details.

The Diether H. Haenicke Scholarship is a merit-based, annual award for international students at Western Michigan University.

Scholarship Details

  • Paid in equal amounts fall and spring semesters.
  • Renewable up to a total of eight consecutive semesters or until graduation requirements are met.
  • Awarded automatically upon first-time admission to WMU (no additional application necessary).
  • Awards are allocated in the following amounts based on cumulative GPA (on a four-point scale):
Cumulative GPA (on a four-point scale) Award amount* (per year)
3.0—3.49 $2,500
3.50—3.99 $5,000 (year 1-2)
$7,500 (year 3-4)
4.0 $16,000

*Award amount shown applies to students beginning study Fall 2017 or after.

No additional application necessary! All first-time freshman and transfer students are automatically considered upon application to Western Michigan University.

Criteria for selection:

  • Must be admissible to WMU.
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking student, entering WMU for the first time. Students must enroll immediately after secondary school or transfer from another university.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Criteria for renewal: 

  • Maintain a cumulative WMU GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Continue to enroll at WMU as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits each semester). Students who are in their last semester of studies and taking less than 12 credits are eligible for renewal by providing proof of approved reduced course load (RCL).
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year.
  • Remain a non-Michigan resident and international student.
  • Renewable up to eight consecutive semesters. 

First-time students who are eligible for more than one scholarship will be awarded the one of highest value. For more information contact International Admissions and Services at or (269) 387-5865.