Choosing where you will complete your college education is one of the most important
decisions of your life. The United States has one of the finest higher education systems
in the world and students following American pathway are assured of top-quality
programs with a unique, comprehensive approach aim to develop leaders
for next generation.

Global Education Merit (GEM) Scholarship

Scholarship Value
$ 5000 per year
(disbursed in two equal instalments in fall and spring semesters) 

Duration of Scholarship
8 Semesters or Graduation, whichever comes first.
For a maximum of 4 years. 

Award Term
Fall semester (only) 
To apply for a scholarship, a complete application must be submitted to WMU by March 1
(Complete application means all documents, including financial documents and Personal Statements, to complete admission) 

WMU Application



March 1

April 1

April 15

*Terms of acceptance are provided in award letters. 

Eligibility for Scholarship Consideration

  • Complete academic admission with all application materials AND required Personal Statement essay received by March 1, 2023. No additional application is necessary.
  • Personal Statement Essay (REQUIRED)
    You are required to submit a one-page (maximum 500-word) typewritten essay with your online application by the deadline. In the essay, please explain and highlight your curricular and co-curricular achievements and activities related to your current plans and goals at Western Michigan University and beyond.

  • An undergraduate degree-seeking student entering WMU for the first time after secondary school or transfer from another post-secondary institution in a FALL semester. This includes undergraduate degree pathway programs.
  • Non-resident international status.

  • Intending F-1 SEVIS active full-time students to study in the US.

  • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA (on a four-point scale)

Criterion for Renewal

1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
2. Continue to enrol at WMU as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits each semester).
3. Successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year.
4. Remain a non-Michigan resident and international student.
5. Renewable for up to 8 consecutive semesters.

*Note: Students receiving government sponsorships and International undergraduate students applying for and enrolled in fully online degree programs (programs comprised of all online courses) will not be eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility and award amounts, as published here, represent currently approved scholarship amounts. However, Western Michigan University reserves the right to amend the scholarship terms and conditions without prior notice upon approval by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.