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WMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships

The Western Michigan University Alumni Association established the Legacy Scholarship program in 1990 to recognize the loyalty of multi-generational Bronco families. The scholarship symbolizes the Association’s commitment to the continued Bronco legacy and the importance each of us has in WMU’s history and growth.

The Legacy Scholarship is a competitive, one-time, nonrenewable award, worth $1,000, to be distributed in the fall and spring semesters ($500 fall/$500 spring).

Please note that the application process is closed for 2022. 


To be eligible to apply for this competitive scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Parent, stepparent, or legal guardian must be a graduate of Western Michigan University.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student at WMU in the fall of 2022 for the first time as a freshman or as an undergraduate transfer student.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA for entering freshman.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 college GPA for entering transfer students.
  • Demonstrate leadership, commitment to community service, and achievement of personal and educational goals.
  • Submit an Essay – Prompt can be found on the scholarship application.


Scholarship Information and Selection Process

The total number of scholarships and award amounts given per year will be based upon available funds. Thirty Legacy Scholarships will be awarded for academic year 2022. Recipients must enroll full-time in both fall and spring semesters to receive the full award.

The selection committee shall consist of members of the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and volunteers, who will consider leadership, community service, honors, awards, and career goals in making their selections.

Application Deadline

Please note that the application process is closed for 2022. 

For questions or more information, contact Carolyn Smith at carolyn.smith@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8749.