Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

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!

Global Education Merit Scholarship (Fall 2023 Onward)  

We are excited to announce the 2023 Western Michigan University (WMU) Global Education Merit Scholarship for international students starting Fall 2023 and onward. WMU is proud of its deep and historic commitment to international student success and well-being. We are among only 50% of public universities to offer a scholarship designed for international students.

The WMU Global Education Merit Scholarship offers a scholarship with annual  awards of $5,000 based on merit to first-time international students (dispersed at $2,500 for Fall and Spring semesters) for a maximum duration of 4 years (equal to 8 semesters for Fall and Spring semesters). Scholarship is awarded for tuition only. The scholarship supports your success at WMU: one of the most affordable, public research institutions in the Midwestern USA. WMU's International Student and Scholar Services (I3S)—a unit of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education—connects international students to additional financial resources such as on-campus employment and other scholarship sources.

Upon submission of your complete application for admission to WMU, including a required Personal Statement essay by the deadline below, scholarships are awarded to selected applicants by a committee based on merit.  No additional application is necessary!

Deadlines & Notifications

WMU Application DeadlineAward NotificationAcceptance Deadline*
March 1April 1April 15

*Terms of acceptance are provided in award letters. 

Eligibility for Scholarship Consideration

    • Complete academic admission with all application materials AND required Personal Statement essay received by March 1, 2023. No additional application is necessary.
    • Personal Statement Essay (REQUIRED):

      You are required to submit a one-page (maximum 500-word), typewritten essay with your online application by deadline. In the essay, please explain and highlight your curricular and co-curricular achievements and activities related to your current plans and goals at Western Michigan University and beyond.

    • Undergraduate degree-seeking student entering WMU for the first time after secondary school or transfer from another post-secondary institution in a FALL semester. This includes undergraduate degree pathway programs. 

    • Non-resident international status.
    • Intending F-1 SEVIS active full-time students to study in the US.
    • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA (on a four-point scale)

Note: International undergraduate students applying for and enrolled in fully online degree programs (programs comprised of all online courses) will not be eligible for the scholarship.

Payment Adjustments After Drop/Add Period  

If you drop below 12 credit hours after your scholarship has paid, your scholarship will be canceled and billed back to your WMU student account.

If you leave WMU or transfer to another college or university, you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship.

The maximum award is limited to four years (8 semesters) or graduation, whichever comes first.

Terms & Conditions Subject to Change  

Eligibility and award amounts as published here represent currently approved scholarship amounts. However, Western Michigan University reserves the right to amend the scholarship terms and conditions without prior notice, upon approval by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Global Engagement Component  

By accepting this award you become eligible to participate in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education’s (HIGE) global engagement promotion and recruitment activities, for which you will be contacted by the HIGE staff.

Awards of scholarships are contingent upon available funds.

(Last updated October 17, 2022)