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.

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Christopher and Stacey Abate Education Scholarship

  • Must be majoring in elementary education or secondary education

Elsie Komm Maile

  • Enrolled in the undergraduate elementary education program
  • Completing final elementary internship
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Effie B. Phillips

  • Enrolled full-time in the elementary education program
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Academic merit and commitment to the profession of teaching

English as a Second Language (ESL) Undergraduate Scholarships (Multiple Available)

  • Full funding for three ESL classes (9 credits) funded by U.S. Department of Education N.P.D. Grant for ESL at WMU
  • Funding for books provided
  • Some programs can include the ESL courses as required, while other programs can use them as electives
  • Accelerated Graduate Degree Program credit is available as an option if you apply for this scholarship
  • Deadlines for applications:
    • March 7 or until filled – for classes beginning Summer I


The Farm Fund

  • Must be a junior, senior or master's level student
  • Enrolled full-time in a teaching program
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

Dorothy L. (Bladt) and Roy G. Franzen

  • Applicant must be enrolled in master's program in early childhood education 
  • Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Must be enrolled in ED 6790 Capstone Seminar during upcoming year 
  • Preference given to applicants who show achievement or promise in early childhood education 
  • Each award recipient must complete a project each semester or in two semesters. Projects to be determined by early childhood education faculty member and recipient.

R. Keith and Margo LaGore Scholarship for Secondary Education - English

  • Enrolled full-time in the secondary education program with major in English
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85
  • Commitment to the profession of teaching

Mary Lynn Marquard Elementary Education Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time in the elementary education program and completed first-year courses, per advisor approval
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Scholarship may be renewable

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary MAT Cohort Scholarship 2022

The cohort program begins summer I 2022. Funding is provided after two semesters are completed successfully.
Learn more about the program.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • 500-word statement of academic and professional goals 
  • Submitted application to the secondary education program
  • Completed (or near completed) secondary teachable subject area
  • Statement of your commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and willingness to learn
  • 3 references - name, title, and email contact information only
  • Resume/vita

Nexthermal Education Scholarship

  • Must be a student in good standing in an early childhood, elementary or secondary education program in the department of TLES
  • Must be a Calhoun County resident

Sharon L. Wood Secondary Education Scholarship

  • 1. Enrolled full-time as a junior or senior in the secondary education program
  • 2. G.P.A. of 3.0 or better and commitment to the profession of teaching

Priscilla J. and Richard V. Washburn Early Childhood Education Fund

  • Graduate student in good standing in an early childhood education program in the department of TLES
  • Commitment to work with children from underrepresented populations


Assistantships and associateships

Graduate assistantships and doctoral associateships within the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies provide opportunities to gain clinical, teaching, research or program development experience while also meeting financial needs.


Prior to placing an application, the student must be regularly admitted to a master's or doctoral degree program and be in good academic standing at Western Michigan University. Open to U.S. and international students.


Complete online application


Submit by February 15 for the Fall semester.


Up to twenty hours of work per week in the department.


Typically offered fall or spring semesters.


Additional opportunities

College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development has built a strong tradition of providing scholarship assistance to its students. An award from the College of Education and Human Development's scholarship program reduces the need for the recipients to work outside of class and therefore enables them to focus more fully on their studies. Through scholarships, more students will become teachers, school administrators and counselors, and fill other critical positions in our educational system. It is especially rewarding to see the donors meet with the recipients who see from the beginning of their careers the impact they can have on others lives through leadership, service and giving support to others.

Graduate College

Opportunities for financial support from the Graduate College include:

  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • Fellowships, Assistantships, Associateships and Grants
  • Graduate Student Research Fund
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund
  • Historically Underrepresented Groups Program
  • Martin Luther King/Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowships
  • Thurgood Marshall Assistantships

Other resources