APPLICANT ROADMAP

Apply to Become a Heyl Scholar or a Heyl Fellow!

Heyl Scholarship Applications will open in October 2022 for fall 2023 matriculating scholars. Please see the roadmap below for the application process, calendars, and updates.

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Apply to Become a Heyl Scholar

Application opening in October 2022


Eligibility Criteria

  • High school seniors from Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix and seniors from other high schools or home school programs who will earn certificates of completion from the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center are eligible to apply for Heyl Scholarships to Kalamazoo College or the WMU Bronson School of Nursing. Alumnae of KPS (any year) or of other eligible programs (class of 2009 or later) are also eligible to apply. If a substantial length of time has elapsed between high school graduation and application, post-secondary coursework and evaluations may be required.
  • An overall high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Committed to pursuing an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences at Kalamazoo College or a degree in nursing at the Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing.

Competitive Applicants for the Heyl Scholarship

The successful candidate for a Heyl Scholarship to Kalamazoo College or the WMU Bronson School of Nursing typically has the following:

  • High school GPA greater than 3.5
  • SAT verbal greater than 500 and SAT math greater than 550 or ACT composite greater than 25 (for fall 2022 applicants that will matriculate in fall 2023, the SAT or ACT will not be required).
  • Challenging high school curriculum that includes one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics and four years of math
  • An interest in science, math or nursing (as demonstrated by their choice of classes and activities outside of the classroom)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong teacher evaluations

Accepted Majors

Applicants applying to the Heyl Scholars Program are permitted to major in the following science disciplines as designated by institution:

Application Process and Calendar

Application ActivityDate
Annual Information Session
All prospective applicants and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the annual information session.
October 18, 2022
Click here to RSVP for the 2022 information session.
Early Action Deadline 
Kalamazoo College – November 1st Annually
Western Michigan University – December 15th Annually
Heyl Scholarship Application Deadline 
December 1st Annually

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Heyl Scholarship Interview
Following the application deadline, all applicants will be interviewed in December and January. It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule their interviews with Dr. Williams (science/math) or Dr. Singleterry (nursing).
December Kalamazoo College Applicants
Dr. Wraegen Williams
wraegen.williams@kzoo.edu | 269.337.7103

January WMU Bronson School of Nursing Applicants
Dr. Lisa Singleterry
lisa.singleterry@wmich.edu | 269.387.8162

How to Apply

Applying to Kalamazoo College

High School Senior Applicant

Prospective Heyl Scholars applying as high school seniors to Kalamazoo College must apply to Kalamazoo College by the Early Action admissions deadline of November 1st.  Regular Decision candidates will not be considered for the Heyl Scholarship. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials (references, transcripts and test scores) have been received by the Kalamazoo College Admission Office by November 1stIn addition, you must complete the Heyl Scholarship Application. 

Application Steps and Requirements
  1. Meet the Heyl Science Scholarship eligibility criteria
  2. Apply to Kalamazoo College by the specified early action deadline.
  3. Complete the Heyl Scholarship Application
Heyl Scholarship Application Requirements for Kalamazoo College

A complete application includes the:

  • Heyl Scholarship Application which contains:
    • A few free answer response questions
    • The online submission of official high school transcript(s) from Parchment.
    • Have at least one and not more than two science/math teachers or an instructor from post-secondary coursework submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
      • Please note that evaluation responses should focus on the student’s academics and academic habits. Evaluators are encouraged to include examples that demonstrate the student’s character as well as resilience/fortitude.
  • Submission of a Kalamazoo College Early Action application
  • SAT or ACT scores – For fall 2022 applicants that will matriculate in fall 2023, the SAT or ACT will not be required

Current Student Applicant

Current Kalamazoo College students that did apply for the Heyl Science Scholarship as a high school senior will need to contact the Executive Director early in the fall term to determine if the foundation is accepting applications from current students.

Applying to WMU Bronson School of Nursing

High School Senior Applicant

Prospective Heyl Scholars applying to the WMU Bronson School of Nursing as high school seniors must submit their WMU admissions application by December 15th.  Later applicants will not be considered for the Heyl Scholarship. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials (references, transcripts and test scores) have been received by the WMU Office of Admissions by December 15th

WMU Bronson School of Nursing applicants, who are awarded the Heyl Scholarship, must also maintain direct admission requirements

Application Steps and Requirements
  1. Meet the Heyl Science Scholarship eligibility criteria
  2. Apply to Western Michigan University by the specified early action deadline.
  3. Complete the Heyl Scholarship Application
Heyl Scholarship Application Requirements

A complete application includes the:

  • Heyl Scholarship Application which contains:
    • A few free answer response questions
    • The online submission of official high school transcript(s) from Parchment.
    • Have at least one and not more than two science/math teachers or an instructor from post-secondary coursework submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
      • Please note that responses should focus on the student’s academics and academic habits. Evaluators are encouraged to include examples that demonstrate the student’s character as well as resilience/fortitude.
  • Early action application to Western Michigan University
  • SAT or ACT scores – For fall 2022 applicants that will matriculate in fall 2023, the SAT or ACT will not be required.

Continued funding of the Heyl Scholarship is contingent upon entry into the BSN program.

Direct Admit Applicant

Direct admit applicants are first year students at WMU that were exceptional high school graduates and directly admitted to the BSN program. 

Application Steps and Requirements
  1. Meet the Heyl Science Scholarship eligibility criteria
  2. Have been admitted to the WMU Bronson School of Nursing under the direct admissions process
  3. Complete the Heyl Scholarship Application
Heyl Scholarship Application Requirements

A complete application includes the:

  • Heyl Scholarship Application which contains:
    • A few free answer response questions
    • The online submission of official high school transcript(s) from Parchment.
    • The online submission of an unofficial WMU college transcript indicating in progress course work
    • Have at least one and not more than two high school science teachers submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
      • Applicants submitting two evaluations may elect to have one submitted from a science instructor from post-secondary coursework.
        • Please note that evaluation responses should focus on the student’s academics and academic habits. Evaluators are encouraged to include examples that demonstrate the student’s character as well as resilience/fortitude.
  • CommonApp Application (copy) submitted for admissions to Western Michigan University
  • Direct Admissions Essay and Personal Statement on the Central Attributes of Nursing
  • Interview with WMU’s Director of Nursing by January 15th
    • To schedule this interview, an official WMU college transcript that indicates completed course work to date must be submitted to Dr. Lisa Singleterry, WMU’s Director of Nursing, for review.

Awarding of Heyl Scholarships is contingent upon entry into the BSN program.

Current Student Applicant

A current WMU student that desires a career in nursing as demonstrated through their commitment to the field.  

Application Steps and Requirements
  1. Meet the Heyl Science Scholarship eligibility criteria
  2. Meet or be working towards the admissions criteria for the WMU Bronson School of Nursing  
  3. Completed at least 12 credit hours at WMU or another equivalent accredited institution 
  4. Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  5. Demonstrated interest to the Nursing field as proven by supporting evidence
    • Examples of supporting evidence include work in the nursing field, admissions to the WMU Bronson School of Nursing, successful completion of nursing pre-requisite course work
  6. Complete the Heyl Scholarship Application
Heyl Scholarship Application Requirements

A complete application includes the:

  • Heyl Scholarship Application which contains:
    • A few free answer response questions
    • The online submission of official high school transcript(s) from Parchment.
    • The online submission of all official college transcript(s) from Parchment.
    • Have two evaluations submitted:
      • Freshman applicant – One evaluation must be from a high school science teacher. The second evaluation can be from a high school teacher or post-secondary instructor. Evaluations will be submitted online via submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
      • Sophomore/Junior applicants – One evaluation must be from a post-secondary science instructor. The second evaluation can be from any post-secondary instructor. Evaluations will be submitted online via submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
        • Please note that evaluations should focus on the student’s academics and academic habits. Evaluators are encouraged to include examples that demonstrate the student’s character as well as resilience/fortitude.
  • CommonApp Application (copy) submitted for admissions to Western Michigan University
  • Essay Prompt – What drew you to nursing?
    • Nursing can be a rewarding field, but it can also be a taxing one. The Heyl Scholarship Foundation is eager to learn why you felt called to nursing.
    • Please note that the essay should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Interview with WMU’s Director of Nursing by January 15th
    • To schedule this interview, an official WMU college transcript that indicates completed course work to date must be submitted to Dr. Lisa Singleterry, WMU’s Director of Nursing, for review.

Awarding of Heyl Scholarships is contingent upon entry into the BSN program.

RN to BSN Applicant

RN to BSN applicants have completed an ADN at another institution, likely a community college, passed their RN licensure exam, and desire to further their education by earning a BSN at WMU.   

Application Steps and Requirements
  1. Meet the Heyl Science Scholarship eligibility criteria
  2. Achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the nursing associate degree or nursing diploma program from which they graduated  
  3. Have a current registered nursing license no later than three months after beginning WMU’s BSN program 
  4. Completed the following pre-requisite courses: 
    • FCS 2250 or CIS 1020: Computer Literacy, 3 credits 
    • College-level writing course (English), 3 or 4 credits
    • Mathematics/elective (algebra), 3 credits
  5. Complete the Heyl Scholarship Application
Heyl Scholarship Application Requirements

A complete application includes the:

  • Heyl Scholarship Application which contains:
    • A few free answer response questions
    • The online submission of all official college transcript(s) from Parchment
    • Current resume
    • Have two letters of recommendation submitted
      • These letters can be from post-secondary science or nursing instructors or an employer. Letters will be submitted online via submit a Scholarship Evaluation.
        • Letter writers are encouraged to include examples that demonstrate the student’s character as well as resilience/fortitude.
  • WMU RN to BSN Application (copy)
  • Essay Prompt – Why pursue a BSN?
    • The Heyl Scholarship Foundation is eager to learn why you desire to advance your education. Also be sure to address how you plan to pursue this degree while balancing any other work and/or family responsibilities.
    • Please note that the essay should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Interview with Dr. Lisa Singleterry, WMU’s Director of Nursing, by January 15th

Awarding of Heyl Scholarships is contingent upon entry into the BSN program.


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Apply to Become a Heyl Fellow

Application opening in Fall 2022


Eligibility Criteria

For Heyl Graduate Fellowships to Yale, ANY graduate of Kalamazoo College who has majored in one of the exact sciences – chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, or any cross-disciplinary combinations of any of the foregoing—and who is a candidate for a Ph.D. degree in an eligible field at Yale University may apply.

Fields of Study

Applicants applying to the Heyl Graduate Fellowship are permitted to pursue Ph.D. programs in the following disciplines:

Yale

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Astronomy
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

It should be noted that Chemistry majors pursing graduate study in chemistry will take precedence over applicants with other eligible majors and that graduate programs in chemistry, physics and engineering take precedence over other eligible programs.

Application Process and Calendar

Application Activity Date
Heyl Fellowship Intent to ApplyFall term by Friday of 5th week submit Intent to Apply
Heyl Fellowship ApplicationWinter term by Friday of 5th week submit an application
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Faculty Letter of EvaluationSpring term by Friday of 1st week Faculty Letter of Evaluation due
Yale University’s Graduate School Letter of AcceptanceSpring term by Friday of 1st week submit Letter of Acceptance

How to Apply

Heyl Graduate Fellowships provide tuition (renewable for a maximum of four years) for graduate studies in certain (usually chemistry-related) disciplines at Yale University.

The following must be submitted to the Heyl Scholarship Fund:

  • Heyl Fellowship Intent to Apply
  • Heyl Fellowship Application including a letter of intent stating your intended program of study, reasons for considering Yale’s program, and your professional goals.
  • Submit
    • A letter of evaluation from a Kalamazoo College faculty member in the department of your major discipline.
    • A copy of your letter of acceptance to Yale University’s graduate school. This letter should include your intended program of study and the degree being sought.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Wraegen Williams

Executive Director Heyl Science Scholarship Fund
heylfund@kzoo.edu
269.337.7103