Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Grants
Links to Grants and Scholarships
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University provides student assistance in the form of scholarships and grants. You should apply for these monies during the spring semester, and awards are announced during the summer. Please note that students in the third year of the OT program are ineligible to apply for departmental scholarships.
When applying, please note the eligibility criteria of each scholarship, as they do vary. Also, scholarships are often designated to either undergraduate or graduate students. Please only apply to those scholarships for which you qualify.
The College of Health and Human Services offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. At the graduate level, fellowships, assistantships and associateships may also be available through the department or the WMU Graduate College. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also offers a variety of scholarships. Some funding is also available through professional organizations such as the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
For occupational therapy scholarship information and application, contact Melissa Bibler
Dr. Erica Alexander Occupational Therapy Scholarship
AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists
Barbara Hemphill Scholarships:
Student Professional Development
Student Book Fund Award
Health Careers and Opportunity Program
Drs. Maureen Mickus and Nancy Hock have been awarded a $3.2 million, five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The project, Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies, will provide training opportunities and financial support for educationally and economically disadvantaged students interested or enrolled in the WMU OT program. Participating students also receive mentoring from a national network of OT practitioners. This initiative involves key partnerships with the Kalamazoo Promise, Seita Scholars, Trio Student Success, the College Assistance Migrant Program and organizations that serve historically disadvantaged communities.
Youth Mental Health Interprofessional Networking and Workforce Development
The Y-MIND Training Program is a 9-month interdisciplinary training opportunity from January 2024 to September 2024 for both WMU and WMed students. This program will allow students to expand their knowledge and experience on mental and behavioral health within youth populations. The Resiliency Center for Families and Children at WMU is partnering with WMU’s College of Health and Human Services, School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Sciences to expand the mental health workforce and improve access to care for children and families in Michigan. This program will provide students with comprehensive training through both asynchronous and synchronous learning modules, real-world experience through discipline-specific internships, engagement with caregivers, networking opportunities, a capstone project, receival of a stipend, and receival of a certification upon successful completion of the program.