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The application program will be available again in January. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the upcoming academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!


WM Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

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The WM Scholarships

The scholarship programs are administered by Scholarship America®. Scholarship America is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants to the WM General Scholarship, the Stephanie Valdez Memorial Scholarship must be:

  • Current high school seniors who plan to enroll for the first time in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Children of regular full-time (30 hours or more a week) WM employees who have a minimum of one year of employment with the company as of February 1, 2023. The student’s parent must continue to be an active regular full-time employee at the time a scholarship is awarded.
  • Enrolled in college in the fall of the year for which the scholarship is given.

WM General Scholarship and the Stephanie Valdez Memorial Scholarship:

  • If selected as a WM General Scholarship recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted each year.
  • The Stephanie Valdez Memorial Scholarship award of $2,500 will be given to the highest qualified minority student.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, maintaining full-time enrollment in an accredited undergraduate course of study and continued full-time (30 hours or more per week) employment of the student’s parent at WM.

Recipients who attend a United States Military Service Academy will receive a one-time grant of $1,000 for their first year only. No additional funds will be awarded for subsequent years of study unless the student transfers to another type of eligible institution. Recipients who transfer from a U.S. Service Academy to an otherwise eligible institution may have their scholarship status and award amount reviewed by notifying Scholarship America in writing of their revised plans.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of WM play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Recipients may receive only one award from any of the scholarships WM sponsors.

Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of WM.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 22, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

WM has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!