Competition Information

Competitors sign up for one competition day from the three options:

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 

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 Saturday, December 7, 2019; Friday, January 10, 2020; and Saturday, January 11, 2020. Students should choose one of 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, 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. 

Finalist interview information:

Up to 60 finalists will be invited for a 15-minute virtual interview with the selection panel. Dates are yet to be determined. 


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

$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.
  • Students entering fall 2020 must earn 28 credit hours per academic year, no minimum credits per 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.
  • Renewal maintenance will be considered at the end of the summer terms before awards disburse for the following academic year.