The most prestigious merit-based scholarships offered to incoming first-year students are earned by competing through the Medallion Scholarship program. Qualified high school seniors who meet all eligibility criteria by the priority scholarship application deadline will receive an invitation to register for the on-campus competition. Students must participate in the on-campus competition day for scholarship consideration.

No additional scholarship application is required. The Office of Admissions will automatically consider all entering freshmen for this scholarship and invite all eligible students to compete in the competition day.

Competition Details

The competition for the Medallion Scholarship occurs in two phases: (1) all qualified, invited, and registered students participate in the on-campus competition day, and (2) up to 60 students will be invited to participate in an interview with the scholarship committee. 

Competition Date(s)

Saturday, December 7, 2019; Friday, January 10, 2020; and Saturday, January 11, 2020

Competitors register for one on-campus competition day (of the dates above) via the registration link provided in the competition invitation. The competition consists of group problem solving sessions, a Lee Honors College student panel, and an academic college showcase.  The student's extracurricular activities as provided in their admissions application, essays submitted in the admissions application, standardized test score and weighted high school GPA will all be taken into consideration as well. 

Students are not required to bring any materials to the Medallion Scholarship Competition. Attire for the day is business casual. Please also be sure to dress for the weather, as students will be walking outside between campus buildings.

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Finalist interview dates TBD

Interview dates for competition finalists. Participation by invitation only.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualified high schools seniors are eligible to compete for the most prestigious academic scholarship at WMU. For consideration, students must submit the following by the Early Action deadline of November 15* of their senior year:

  • Completed WMU admission application
  • 3.7+ cumulative GPA (weighted) at the end of junior year of high school.
  • 1230+ redesigned SAT or 26+ ACT by the application deadline.

*Deadline is extended to next business day if published date occurs over the weekend.


Medallion Scholarship

$60,000 total award ($15,000 per year for four years). Awarded to approximately 20 competitors annually.

Bronco Merit Scholarship

$10,000 total award ($2,500 per year for four years). All students who attend the competition will receive the Bronco Merit Award. Up to 60 students will be selected to continue in the process, resulting in higher award amounts.

Award Details and Renewal Criteria

  • Actively participate as a member of the Lee Honors College and the Medallion class as well as serve as an ambassador for the college and university.
  • Paid in equal amounts, fall and spring only.
  • Enroll fall term immediately after high school graduation.
  • Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA after enrolling at Western Michigan University.
  • Merit-based and renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of undergraduate study, or until graduation requirements are met, whichever occurs first.
  • Students entering fall 2020 must earn 28 credit hours per academic year, no minimum credits per semester.
  • Renewal maintenance will be considered at the end of the summer terms before awards disburse for the following academic year.