Incoming Freshman Scholarships

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply by November 1* of their senior year for maximum scholarship consideration. Scholarships are selective and many require separate applications or participation in on-campus competitions. Students awarded more than one admission scholarship will be awarded the scholarship of highest value. Additional funding opportunities may be found through WMU's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Scholarships are subject to change. 

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

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

November 1

Priority application deadline for maximum scholarship consideration. Incoming students must submit a completed admission application by this date to be eligible for these three awards:

Medallion Scholarship
$60,000 over four years / $15,000 per year
3.7+ GPA and
1240+ SAT or 26+ ACT
No additional application required. Qualified students will be invited to register for the competition. Up to 20 scholarships awarded annually.

President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship
$25,000 over four years / $5,000 per year(s) 1 and 2; $7,500 for year(s) 3 and 4
3.7+ GPA and
1240+ SAT or 26+ ACT
Up to 40 scholarships awarded annually to semi-finalists in the Medallion Competition.

Bronco Merit Scholarship
$10,000 over four years / $2,500 per year
3.4+ GPA and
1140+ SAT or 23+ ACT
No additional application required. Up to 300 scholarships awarded annually.
New for fall 2019 students: All students participating in the on-campus Medallion Scholarship competition will receive, at minimum, a Bronco Merit Scholarship.

December 1

Qualifying incoming freshman are eligible to earn micro-scholarships that recognize everyday achievements. Students can start earning as early as the beginning of 9th grade. Micro-Scholarships*
Qualified students may earn up to
Students must qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch or attend a high school with 70%+ students on Free or Reduced Lunch and have a cumulative, unweighted minimum GPA of 3.0 to earn micro-scholarship dollars.
Incoming students must create a free account to review individual micro-scholarship eligibility.
Senior earning deadline: December 5

*Please note that Western Michigan University adjusted our RaiseMe micro-scholarship program to better align with how we award scholarships and grant aid to students. As a result, some students may no longer be eligible to earn on RaiseMe. Don't worry though - students are still considered for all possible financial assistance based on high school achievements, application for admission, and/or information provided from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Explore departmental scholarships and awards specific to majors and programs of study. Scholarship amounts, eligibility requirements, and deadlines vary by academic college or department.

Departmental Scholarships
Awards and eligibility criteria vary by department. Supplemental material(s) may be required for consideration.
Deadlines vary and most occur in January and February.

February 1

Alumni Legacy Scholarship 
$8,000 over four years/$2,000 per year
Student must be the child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus. Siblings of current students may also apply.
Scholarship application due: February 1

February 15

Supplemental scholarship applications are required to be considered for the below scholarship opportunities.

Foundation Scholarship
$60,000 over four years / $15,000 per year
3.7+ GPA and verified financial need
Completed admission and scholarship application due by February 15

MLK GOLD Scholarship
$32,000 over four years / $8,000 per year
3.0+ GPA and at least two of the following criteria: participation in a pre-college/bridge or migrant education program, eligible for participation in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program, and/or first generation college student.
Completed admission and scholarship application due by February 15

Endowed Scholarships
Award amounts and eligibility requirements vary
Completed admission and scholarship application due by February 15

March 1

The Seita Scholarship is an opportunity specific to incoming Western Michigan University who have lived some or all of their teenage years in foster care. Separate application to the Seita Scholars Program is required.


The Bronco Merit Plus Scholarship is awarded to any National Merit® Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar based on corresponding award criteria. 
$15,000 over four years ($3,750 per year)