Berry & Bertha Gordy Scholar Award

The Gordy Foundation, Inc. was established in Michigan in 1967 by Esther Gordy Edwards and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records and the creative mind behind the Motown sound. The primary focus has been to assist young Detroiters from low-income families to realize their maximum potential through the Berry and Bertha Gordy Scholar Award. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with past or present participation in one of WSU’s Federal TRIO programs (Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound Program, Veterans Upward Bound Program, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or McNair Scholars Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program), have a 2.5 GPA minimum, be a resident of the city of Detroit and demonstrate financial need.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I am available to be interviewed by the Berry and Bertha Gordy Endowed Scholar Committee.
  2. I have submitted to the university a WSU signed consent form (visit and fill out the "Release Academic Records" form) permitting the university to release my academic record to the Gordy Foundation and to the past recipient of the Gordy Scholarship, who is a member of the Berry and Bertha Gordy Scholarship Committee, for their review and consideration.
  3. Describe your personal and academic aspirations and leadership experience.
  4. Upload a letter confirming your participation in a TRIO program.