Grants and Scholarships


English as a Second Language (ESL) Undergraduate Scholarships of $16,000 (Multiple Available)

  • $16,000 in tuition provided for students who enroll in the Elementary Education (Pre-K) and TESOL program. Scholarships funded by U.S. Department of Education N.P.D. Grant for ESL at WMU
  • Funding for books in TESOL classes provided ($300)
  • Funding provided for ESL endorsement test fee (valued at $129)
  • Accelerated Graduate Degree Program credit is available as an option if you apply for this scholarship
  • Deadlines for applications:
    • November 15 or until filled – for classes beginning Summer I 2023
    • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview to determine final scholarship recipients. 
    • Applications from students from linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged, but you do not need to know another language fluently to apply for this opportunity. 


Scholarship application instructions

The scholarship application window is December 1 through February 15 for the following academic year.

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). Submitting one CEHD application will consider you for all college-level scholarships you are eligible for. We recommend completing as many matching questions in the system as possible and completing your FAFSA before applying in order to ensure you are considered for as many scholarships as possible. You can also answer matching questions by clicking into individual CEHD/departmental scholarships before submitting your application.

CEHD scholarship tutorial video:

Video of CEHD ScholarshipUniverse Tutorial

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Homer J. Carter graduate scholarship in reading

  • Enrolled in the 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

Kristin Gappa Hovestadt Endowed Graduate Scholarship for Literacy Studies

  • Enrolled in the literacy studies program

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

  • Literacy studies cohort scholarship amounts pending
  • Online graduate program 30 credit hours
  • Graduates eligible for Michigan Department of Education Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • 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)

Additional Scholarships