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Apply to Become a Heyl Scholar

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How to Apply
  • Prospective Heyl Scholars applying 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 1st
  • Prospective Heyl Scholars applying to the WMU Bronson School of Nursing must submit their WMU applications 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, must also complete and submit the supplemental application.
  • In addition, you must complete the Heyl Scholarship Application. The application can be found here and will open for fall 2022 matriculating scholars in fall 2021.
    • A complete application includes the:
      • Online application form and the online submission of official high school transcript(s) and SAT* or ACT* scores.  
      • At least one and not more than two science/math teacher evaluations submitted online. You may also use an instructor from post-secondary coursework for this requirement. 
      • Submission of a Kalamazoo College Early Action or Early Decision or Western Michigan University application by the institutions specified early action deadline. WMU Bronson School of Nursing applicants, must also complete and submit the supplemental application.
  • You must complete and submit your scholarship essay. Guidelines for the essays are found in the application. 
  • You will also need at least one and not more than two science/math recommendation letters. You may also use an instructor from post-secondary coursework for this requirement. Before submitting recommendations, please refer to the following recommendation guidelines: The first letter must focus on the student’s academics and the student’s academic habits – must come from a STEM teacher who taught the student in a high school or college course. The second letter must focus on character with examples to demonstrate the student’s character – can be a teacher, coach, club advisor, guidance counselor, school administrator. The third letter must focus on resilience/fortitude with examples to demonstrate the student’s resilience and fortitude – can be a teacher, coach, school administrator, guidance counselor, community leader; it must be someone that knows the student well (no relatives or someone who is just a family friend). Have each recommender save your letter as “LastName_FirstName_RecSTEM” or “LastName_FirstName_RecCharacter” or “LastName_FirstName_RecResilience”.  Have each recommender upload their letter directly at Heyl Teacher Evaluation.
Eligibility Criteria 
  • High school seniors from Kalamazoo Public Schools 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

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
  • 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
Majors

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

Western Michigan University

Application Process and Calendar
Application ActivityDate
Annual Information Session
All prospective applicants and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the annual information session.
TBD
Early Action Deadline 
Kalamazoo College – November 1st Annually
Western Michigan University – TBD
Heyl Scholarship Application Deadline 
A complete application includes the online application form and the online submission of official transcript(s) and SAT* or ACT* scores.  

At least one and not more than two science/math teacher evaluations submitted online. You may also use an instructor from post-secondary coursework for this requirement. 

Submission of a Kalamazoo College Early Action or Early Decision or Western Michigan University application by the institutions specified early action deadline. WMU Bronson School of Nursing applicants, must also complete and submit the supplemental application.
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

Heyl applicants should not apply under a single-choice early action or early decision program to another college. 


Apply to Become a Heyl Fellow

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How to Apply

The 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.
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
  • Geology
  • Geophysics

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 ActivityDate
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 Letter of Acceptance

For additional information contact:

Dr. Wraegen Williams, Executive Director Heyl Science Scholarship Fund
wraegen.williams@kzoo.edu
269.337.7103