JENNIFER C. WENGER MEMORIAL STUDY OR WORK ABROAD FUND
David and Barbara Wenger established the Wenger Memorial Study or Work Abroad Fund in honor of their late daughter, Jennifer, who worked in England while an undergraduate student at WMU. The Wenger family established this endowment to support students similar to Jennifer. As such, the fund gives preference to female applicants studying anthropology or sociology with a focus in women’s studies that also work part time to support the cost of their college studies
Preference will be given to students in the following order of priority: a) anthropology or sociology major, with a focus on women’s studies; b) women’s studies major or minor with any academic discipline; c) any academic major.
Upon returning to WMU after studying abroad, recipients of the Wenger Memorial Fund are required to:
- Assist the Haenicke Institute for Global Education in promoting study abroad to WMU students;
- Submit a two-page essay describing their experience, including photos, to WMU Study Abroad; and
- Send a thank-you letter to David and Barbara Wenger. Recipients are expected to contact the Study Abroad Office shortly after their return to discuss meeting these scholarship expectations.
Recipients will be selected by staff in the WMU’s Study Abroad office. Awards will be based on a completed application form, GPA, and financial need. An interview may be required. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Enrolled as a full-time student in a study or work abroad program for a minimum of 10 weeks.
- Employed part time during the semester prior to study abroad as evidence of commitment to assisting with the costs of higher education.
- Meet the following academic criteria:
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
- At least 20 credit hours completed at WMU
- Transfer students must have completed at least one semester of full-time coursework at WMU prior to semester of study abroad. GPA will be determined by averaging the GPA earned prior to attending WMU and the GPA for the first semester completed at WMU.