Grants and Scholarships


Interdisciplinary Preparation in Autism

  • Master's Graduate Program
  • Tuition Remission for up to $28,000
  • Key Program Dates:
    • Application deadline: December 1, 2019
    • Interviews: February 29, 2020
    • Program orientation: March 28, 2020
    • First class begins: June 25, 2020

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English as a Second Language (ESL) graduate certificate and MA TESOL programs

  • Tuition funding up to $10,000 plus $200 for books
  • Hybrid graduate certificate and MA TESOL programs (24 and 30 credits) – only two additional classes required for MA TESOL
  • Funded by U.S. Department of Education N.P.D. Grant for ESL
  • Graduates are eligible for MDE’s ESL Endorsement
  • Deadlines for applications due March 5 each year 2017 - 2022
  • Cohorts begin classes Summer II (late June/early July) each year 2017 - 2022

Instructions to apply

  • Click Degree Seeking for MA TESOL application
  • Click Certificate Program for ESL graduate certificate program
  • Indicate in the letter of intent that you are applying for the scholarship cohort


English as a Second Language (ESL) undergraduate courses (9 credits)

  • Three ESL classes (9 credits) funded by U.S. Department of Education N.P.D. Grant for ESL at WMU
  • Deadlines for applications:
    • March 5, 2021 for Summer 2021 cohort


Scholarship application instructions

Applications for the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies 2021-22 scholarships are due Feb. 15, 2021. To apply for these and other scholarships, please access WMU’s ScholarshipUniverse system. To be considered for scholarships with financial need criteria, you must have submitted a FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year. The federal school code for Western Michigan University is 002330. If you do not complete the FAFSA, you are still eligible to apply for consideration for scholarships without financial need criteria. To view college and departmental scholarships, use the advanced search to filter by organization (College of Education and Human Development).


View the ScholarshipUniverse instructions.


Homer J. Carter graduate scholarship in reading

  • Enrolled in master's program in Literacy Studies
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students must be dedicated to serving their students and the community through their commitment to literacy education

M.A. in Literacy Studies (reading specialist endorsement)

  • Tuition scholarships up to $6,000 for qualified applicants
  • Online graduate program 30 credit hours
  • Graduates eligible for Michigan Department of Education Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • Deadline for applications due March 31 or until filled
  • Cohorts begin every fall semester

Graduate assistantships

Literacy Studies and TESOL unit graduate or research assistantship(s)

  • More information on the Literacy Studies and TESOL unit graduate or research assistantship(s)


College of Education and Human Development Scholarships