Competition Information

Agenda

The competitor and family agendas are being developed and we will upload those as soon as they are ready. Competitors sign up for either Competition Session I OR Competition Session II 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 2018 Medallion Scholarship Competition for current high school seniors who plan to enroll at WMU fall 2019 is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1, 2018. Students may choose between the two 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.

Optional social:

An optional social will be held at our recently renovated alumni center, Heritage Hall on Friday Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. for Friday competitors, and from 6 to 8 p.m. for Saturday competitors. Competitors and their families are invited to mingle with representatives from our academic colleges and the Lee Honors College. Free parking for the social is available in the lot adjacent to Heritage Hall on WMU's East Campus on Oakland Drive. Please use our interactive map for detailed directions.

Activities form and video submission details:

All competitors are required to complete the activities form and submit a video prior to the competition as part of the registration process. Details are provided in the invitation to participate issued by WMU's Office of Admissions.

Finalist interview information:

Approximately 45 finalists will be invited to return to campus for a 15-minute interview with the selection panel sometime between 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. All 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.

Notification:

Scholarship recipients will be notified if they are finalists the week of Dec. 10, 2018. Competitors will have until May 1, 2019 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.

President's Academic Excellence Scholarship

$25,000 total award ($5,000 per academic year(s) 1 and 2; $7,500 per academic year(s) 3 and 4). Awarded to approximately 40 competitors who were invited and participated in the interview (finalist) round, but did not receive the Medallion Scholarship.

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.