Competition Information


Registration for this year's Medallion Scholarship Competition is not yet open.

Competitors sign up for either Competition Day I OR Competition Day II or III when they register for the competition.

Campus map and parking:

Participants may park at no cost in parking structure 1 near the Bernhard Center. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.

Date, time and location:

The 2019-20 Medallion Scholarship Competition for current high school seniors who plan to enroll at WMU fall 2020 is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 7 and Fri. and Sat., Jan. 10-11, 2020. Students may choose between the three dates. The opening welcome will be held in the main ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Bernhard Center. Check-in in the Bernhard Center opens at 8:15 a.m.

Competition Components:

The competition consists of group problem solving sessions, the student’s extracurricular activities as provided in their admissions application, and a short introductory video.  Also considered are the student's standardized test score and weighted high school GPA. A link to the video submission form will arrive with your registration confirmation. Participants should submit the video prior to the competition day.

Finalist interview information:

Up to 60 finalists will be invited for a 15-minute interview with the selection panel either on campus or virtually. Dates are yet to be determined. All on campus interviews will be held at the Lee Honors College. Competitors and family members will have the opportunity to speak with current Medallion Scholars in our lounge throughout the interview period. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.


Competitors will be notified of their status in January, 2020. Competitors will have until May 1, 2020 to accept their awards.

Scholarship Award Levels

Medallion Scholarship

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

Bronco Merit Scholarship

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 enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester.
  • 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.