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Thompson Scholars Program

A Scholarship for Working Families

The Thompson Working Families Scholarship assists working families with the cost of higher education and helps students graduate within a 2 or 4/5 year time-frame depending on the requirements of their specific academic program. The scholarship provides gap funding to cover a portion of the student’s budget that is not covered by financial aid.

The Thompson Scholars Program at Ferris State University is focused on retaining and graduating Ferris students who receive the Robert and Ellen Thompson Working Families Scholarship.

Community Service

As part of the scholarship agreement, Thompson Scholars must complete 10 hours per semester (20 hours per academic year) of community service. Students will regularly receive emails with community service ideas and events hosted by the Thompson Scholars Program.

To verify community service please complete the Thompson Foundation Scholarship Community Service Form.

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Scholarship Renewal Criteria

The scholarship is renewable for up to one year for a student earning an associate’s degree or 3 years for a student earning a bachelor’s degree.

This scholarship is only available to Big Rapids - Main Campus students and is not accepting new applicants. This scholarship will no longer be distributed at Ferris after the 2024 school year.

For a student to be renewed each year for the Thompson Scholarship, they are required to:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Continue to annually complete a FAFSA
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Provide evidence of having performed 10 hours of community service each semester