Additional Scholarship Offerings


In lieu of performance awards

  • Two leadership scholarships: $2,500 annual.
  • Two competitive scholarships: $12,000 annual.

 Leadership and competitive scholarships requirements and application

  1. Leadership scholarship open to majors and minors meeting a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Competitive scholarship open to majors and minors meeting a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. A student will not be awarded both a leadership and competitive scholarship at the same time.
  4. Leadership and competitive scholarship awards will count toward the maximum total of nine semester awards.
  5. Must satisfy all eligibility and activity requirements with the exception of being a declared paper engineering major.
  6. To apply, complete the Paper Technology Foundation scholarship application and submit a one to three page essay indicating why you should be chosen to by the Paper Technology Foundation scholarship application deadline.
  7. Phone or in-person interview may also be required as determined by the recruitment and scholarship committee.

    Essay will be judged using the following metrics:
    • 30 percent: Over all presentation of essay (grammar and writing skills).
    • 20 percent: Evidence presented of engagement with Paper Industry or Paper Engineering Program.
    • 20 percent: Evidence presented of ability to provide innovation or contribution to industry at one or more internships or co-ops.
    • 20 percent: Evidence presented of actions taken to provide leadership or mentoring to underclassmen/women.
    • 10 percent: Other Extracurricular Leadership Involvement (sports or other activities).

In addition to performance awards

  • Co-op enrollment award: $400 for CHP 3100.
  • Senior honors award, last year if GPA exceeds 3.5: $500 per semester.
  • Senior co-op award, upon first semester of eligibility: $500 annual.
  • Reach across/reach back: $500 per referral.

Co-op enrollment award, senior honors, senior co-op, and reach across/reach back awards:

  1. Must satisfy eligibility and activity requirements.
  2. Co-op enrollment award will occur when a student’s semester enrollment is for CHP 3100 while away on co-op.
  3. Separate application not required for senior honors and senior co-op awards; there is automatic consideration when application is made for performance-based awards.
  4. Reach-across and reach-back referral notification must be sent to by the start of the applicable semester.

* Co-op students are exempt from the PTF activity requirements during the semester in which away on co-op.

Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis with performance-based scholarship occurring first.