Financial Aid Office
Private Scholarship Offerings
The scholarships listed below are provided by private agencies, foundations and companies. Students are invited to apply.
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.
Who is eligible?
Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.
- are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
- have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday
- may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
- cannot use benefit before age 18, even if he or she has completed high school
- are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program
How do I apply for this benefit?
Click here for an online application form Please complete the VA Form 22-5490 "Dependent Application for VA Education Benefits".
For more information, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit the VA GI Bill Web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those affected by brain injury through education, advocacy, research , and local support groups; and to reduce the incidence of brain injury through prevention.
Feel free to contact www.biami.org or 810-229-5880.
The Michigan 2020 Plan was introduced by Senator Gretchen Whitmer and others. The proposed package of legislation provides Michigan high school graduates – public, private or home-schooled – with the opportunity to have the cost of their college education paid for in its entirety.
The group has created the Michigan 2020 Scholarship Competition -- http://www.mi2020video.com/ -- this is an opportunity for a graduating high school student to win $10,000 for college tuition. We hope you help market this scholarship competition (we want a student who is planning to attend a 4-year public to win!).
Amount of award: $10,000.00
American Legion Scholarship
The American Legion is offering a scholarship for veterans (not their dependents).
To obtain an application, veterans may contact:
Brett Johnson, Contractor
ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Western Michigan University
- 18 years old at the time of application
- Proof of business major
- Must have completed primary, middle and high school
in the United States
- No personal, identifying information on your essay, including
ethnic background, race, city, state or country of birth
- Write a minimum 600-800 maximum word essay on
the required topic (see below)
- Applicants cannot be related to an employee
of Shutterfly or any of its related companies
Apply on line at http://www.shutterfly.com/business-scholarship
Amount of Award: $5,500
Deadline to apply: 11:59pm PST, August 31, 2015