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The Lee Honors College co-sponsors the Medallion Scholarship Competition, Western Michigan University’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship for undergraduates, with the Office of Admissions. An average of 20 scholarships currently valued at $60,000 ($15,000 per year) are given each spring. Awarded to incoming high school graduates through a competitive process that occurs in December and January, students who have completed an admissions application by November 15, 2019 and meet the competition criteria are automatically invited to participate. Invitations for those who have completed their application to WMU and meet the eligibility criteria will be mailed in early October. The competition this year will be held over three dates, with students selecting one: 

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020
Those selected as finalists will be invited to interview January, 2020. To get a sense of what is expected of Medallion Scholars, please read The Medallion Ethic. The current $60,000 value applies to the 2016 Medallion class and those classes to follow, and reflects Western's commitment to periodic increases to the scholarship to keep pace with tuition increases. 

"Honors First" Priority Registration

Medallion Scholarship competitors will have the opportunity to connect with their academic advisors in April and register for classes that fall. Registration for classes may be completed in person or via phone appointment. Participation in the June orientation program is still required, together with Fall Welcome in August.

Additional Information

$60,000 Medallion Scholarship can be used toward graduate studies at WMU

Medallion Scholarships are awarded for four years of full-time study at WMU. If Medallion Scholars complete an undergraduate degree in less than four years, they may petition the dean of the Lee Honors College to use remaining funds toward graduate study at WMU.  To use these funds for graduate study, the student must either have been accepted and enrolled in a WMU accelerated graduate degree program or been accepted and enrolled full‐time in a WMU graduate degree program beginning in the fall or spring semester immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree.