Are you a Yoder/Webb Scholar?

Who can participate in the honors program? All students who receive an 'President's Scholarship' upon admission are automatically eligible to participate in the honors program. All other students may apply for entry to the honors program using the Yoder/Webb Scholarship application process outlined below. 
Who can apply for a Yoder/Webb Scholarship? Any first year student may apply for a Yoder/Webb Scholarship via the process outlined below.  

About the Process

Each year only a few honors students are selected as Yoder/Webb Scholars and rewarded with EMU’s highest academic award: a full-tuition scholarship for all four years.

The EMU honors faculty conduct the Yoder/Webb Scholars award process, rigorously evaluating candidates’ academic performance, community and extra-curricular involvement, creativity, clarity of thought, and leadership potential. Participation in the award process requires candidates to construct a portfolio of their high school achievements, write a series of essays, and meet with a member of EMU honors faculty for a one-on-one interview.

Application Process

Complete an undergraduate application to EMU and submit your high school transcript. Once admitted to EMU, submit your Yoder/Webb application using your EMU ID and have your reference form by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 12, 2024. Contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions.

Applicants need to have the following submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 12, 2024:

  1. Two response pieces (see details below)
  2. A resume indicating school, church, and civic involvement
  3. One reference (choose one person from the following group that can affirm applicant's abilities in scholarship priorities): senior English, math or science teacher, school counselor, pastor/youth pastor, or employer. References may be submitted at www.emu.edu/honors-reference.
  4. An updated copy of your transcript that includes grades from the first semester of the current school year.

The application process will culminate with an online interview with a member of the honors faculty. Interviews will take place beginning the week of February 19, 2024. Winning candidates are notified by early March of their selection to be a Yoder/Webb Scholar, and they have until April 1st to accept or decline the award.

Guidelines for 2024 essays

Complete the following two essays:

1. A 400-word written response: "All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you." - Octavia Butler What changes you?

2. Conceptual Response: Your task is to tell us whatever it is you want to tell us through the medium of a blank 3"×5" card used in whatever way you choose.

Please do not name your high school, self, or home area in either of these response pieces. Put your EMU identification number on the first page of your essay (not your name) and your 3"×5" card. 

The Yoder/Webb Scholarship application deadline was February 12th; the forms are now closed.

Past Scholarship Winners

2022 Yoder/Webb scholarship recipients: Elili Asefa, Nia Boyd, Anne Cornelius, Maria Longenecker, and Arelys Martinez Fabian

2021 Yoder/Webb scholarship recipients: Ruth Abera, Mana Acosta, Adesola Johnson, and Evan Kauffman

2020 Yoder/Webb scholarship recipients: Laurel Evans, Nathan Longenecker, Hebron Mekuria, and Noah Swartzentruber.

2019 Yoder Scholarship recipients: Seth Andreas of Bluffton, Ohio; Caleb Hostetler of Marshallville, Ohio; Jaden Jones of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Jansen Miller of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Abby Olmstead of Broadway, Virginia.

2018 Yoder Scholarship recipients: Isaac Alderfer of Broadway, Virginia; Hannah Leaman of Bakersfield, California; and Allison Shelly of Collinsville, Mississippi. 

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