Scholarships – Week of Jan. 24

Michigan Environmental Laboratory Association (MELA)
MELA is offering two $1,000 Environmental Chemistry Scholarships for 2016. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2016. Learn more with this flier.

Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA) Endowment Scholarship
One $3,000 scholarship will be available to a qualifying applicant. The Endowment Committee must receive a completed application, official transcript, letters of recommendation and essay before the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the MEHA Annual Educational Conference in March. For more information, visit the website. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Diversity and Inclusion Student Essay Award
The College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to announce a Diversity and Inclusion Composition Award. This award will be given to one undergraduate and one graduate student who has completed coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences. The prize is $500 for an undergraduate student and $500 for a graduate student. Entries are judged on their relevance to diversity and inclusion and on the overall quality of the composition. All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the dean. For more information, visit the website. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Increases the opportunities for undergraduates to collaborate with faculty members in professional activities outside the classroom.
  • Provides undergraduate students with opportunities for hands-on research or creative activities experience with faculty from the college.
  • Recognizes and honors academic excellence and potential.
  • Provides opportunities for undergraduates to present research at academic conferences.
  • The joint student-faculty projects represent the diversity of scholarly activity in the college. Projects have ranged from English editorial assistants to molecular biology research.

Up to 60 awards of up to $500 may be used by the students as a stipend or to defray the cost of the project. Work associated with the award may be conducted during the fall or spring semesters or either summer sessions. Recipients of the award must be enrolled during the future semester for which they are requesting funds. All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the dean of the College. For more information, visit the website. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

WMU Endowed Scholarships
These awards are made possible through endowments established by WMU’s many generous donors over the years. Criteria and amounts vary by scholarship. An application is required for most scholarships. Look at each scholarship for specific details, deadlines and applications. The deadline for some endowed scholarships for 2016-17 is Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. For more information, click here.

Matching Scholarships
WMU is partnering with Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) on The Arab American Scholarship Foundation Program. WMU will offer ten undergraduate students and ten graduate students a $2,000 matching scholarship. This Foundation provides a $1,000 scholarship which means students will receive a total of $3,000 for enrolling at WMU. These scholarships begin in the Fall 2016 semester.  Students eligible to apply for these scholarships include:  senior high school students, WMU undergraduate students (prospective and current) and WMU graduate students (prospective and current). Students interested in applying for this scholarship should visit lahc.org/scholarship-program/. The 2016 application will be made available soon. The deadline to apply is early April 2016. Information on the WMU scholarship can be found here: http://wmich.edu/finaid/scholarships-grants/private-foundations.

2016-17 FAFSA
All students should complete their 2016-17 FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. There is no cutoff deadline, but some funds are awarded until they are gone. March 1 is the priority deadline.

Perkins Loan
The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 temporarily extends the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which, prior to the extension, was under a phase-out plan that strictly limited the creation of new loans. Under this extension, participating institutions may continue to offer Federal Perkins Loans to eligible undergraduate students through Sept. 30, 2017, and to eligible graduate students through Sept. 30, 2016. The Act significantly alters the eligibility and disclosure criteria of the Perkins Loan Program, and WMU is awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of College and University Business Offices (NACUBO) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). For more information visit nacubo.org, nasfaa.org, or ifap.ed.gov.

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