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Undergraduate Scholarships

​​You're bright, ambitious, well-rounded and know that a degree from Central Michigan University is your ticket to a successful future. CMU wants to reward you for your hard work with a new scholarship program that offers larger awards to a greater number of incoming freshmen and transfer students.

CMU is adding $6 million to its scholarship programs for the 2014-15 academic year, making a record $61 million available. And for the first time, students with a 3.0 GPA or higher will qualify for a financial award.

The newly created Academic Prestige Award, Academic Excellence Award and Academic Success Award are valued up to $6,000 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Plus, we're expanding our full-tuition Centralis Gold scholarship from 20 students to 130!

Research CMU’s scholarship offerings here online. Or for a personal touch, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at cmuosfa@cmich.edu or the Admissions Office at cmuadmit@cmich.edu.

A partial list of CMU Scholarships:

Centralis Scholar Award

 

  • 100% of tuition, room and board, and books
  • Renewable for up to four years
  • Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7 or higher and an ACT 27 or above
  • Awards to 20 high school graduates. Winners are selected from an on-campus essay competition held during the fall of their senior year in high school.
  • For more Centralis scholarship information, click here.

Centralis Gold Award

 

  • 100% of tuition – up to 36 credit hours per year
  • Renewable for up to four years
  • Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7 or higher and an ACT of 27 or above
  • Awards to 130 high school graduates. Winners are selected from an on-campus essay competition held during the fall of their senior year in high school.
  • For more Centralis scholarship information, click here.

Academic Prestige Award

 

  • $24,000 over four years
  • $6,000 per academic year
  • Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.25 or higher and an ACT of 27 or above
  • Cannot be combined with Academic Excellence Award, Academic Success Award, or Residence Life Grant for Freshmen
  • Priority consideration is given to completed applications submitted by November 1 each year

Academic Excellence Award

 

  • $18,000 over four years
  • $4,500 per academic year
  • Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT of 23 or above
  • Cannot be combined with Academic Prestige Award, Academic Success Award, or Residence Life Grant for Freshmen
  • Priority consideration is given to completed applications submitted by November 1 each year

Academic Success Award

 

  • $12,000 over four years
  • $3,000 per academic year
  • Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT of 21 or 22
  • Cannot be combined with Academic Prestige Award, Academic Excellence Award, or Residence Life Grant for Freshmen
  • Priority consideration is given to completed applications submitted by November 1 each year

Residence Life Grant for Freshmen

 

  • $4,000 over four years
  • $1,000 per academic year
  • Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT of 20
  • Cannot be combined with Academic Prestige Award, Academic Excellence Award, or Academic Success Award

CMU Leader Advancement Scholarship Program

 

  • $8,000 over four years
  • $2,000 per academic year
  • Awards up to 40 graduates with demonstrated leadership skills and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Selected by committee based on application and portfolio
  • Deadline to apply is January 31
  • Begin your application here​

Multicultural Award of Distinction

 

  • $42,000 over four years
  • $10,500 per academic year
  • Awards up to 10 high school graduates who show interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society
  • Deadline to apply is March 1
  • Renewable up to three additional years if student maintains a 3.25 GPA in at least 24 new credit hours per year
  • Download the application​

Multicultural Advancement Scholarship

 

  • $16,500 over four years
  • $4,125 per academic year
  • Awards up to 44 high school graduates who show interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society
  • Renewable up to three additional years if student maintains a 2.50 GPA in at least 24 new credit hours per year
  • Deadline to apply is March 1
  • Download the application

Community College Honors Scholarship for Transfers

 

  • $5,000 over two years
  • $2,500 per academic year
  • Open to community college transfer students with 56 transferable credits and a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Cannot be combined with Community College Transfer Recognition Scholarship

Community College Transfer Recognition Scholarship

 

  • $2,000 over two years
  • $1,000 per academic year
  • Open to community college transfer students with 30 transferable credits and a GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Cannot be combined with Community College Honors Scholarship for Transfers

Residence Life Grant for Transfers

 

  • $4,000 over two years
  • $2,000 per academic year
  • Open to community college transfer students with 30 transferable credits

Lloyd M. Cofer Scholarships

 

  • Awarded to up to 10 incoming graduates of a Detroit public high school
  • $4,125 per academic year
  • Renewable for three additional consecutive years if student maintains a 2.50 GPA in at least 24 new credit hours per year
  • Deadline to apply is March 1
  • Download the application

CMU President's Award

 

  • Open to non-Michigan resident high school seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to non-Michigan resident community college graduates with 30 or more transfer hours and a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Equal to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for the academic year
  • Renewable for new freshmen for three additional consecutive years if student maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA, non-Michigan residency and full-time enrollment

Alumni Gold Scholarship

 

  • The Alumni Gold Scholarship is a competitive one time only scholarship for children and grandchildren of CMU graduates. The scholarship is awarded annually to up to three recipients ranging in value of $500-$750 per award. "Generations of families have passed on the CMU tradition to their children and grandchildren and we want to help celebrate this special relationship" says Marcie Otteman, Director of Alumni Relations. Recipients of the scholarship must be an incoming freshman or transfer student. The Alumni Association Board of Directors selects the winners annually from the applicant pool. Last year over 400 students applied for the three scholarships
  • Deadline to apply is April 1, 2013
  • Download the application​ to apply

Grand Rapids Alumni Chapter Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU prior to March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Preference given to incoming freshmen from Kent, Ottawa and Barry counties
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to students with proven academic ability and varied interests
  • Application deadline is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

Grand Traverse Alumni Chapter Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Preference given to incoming freshmen from Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Application deadline is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

Tri-Cities Alumni Chapter Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Preference given to incoming freshmen from Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Application deadline is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

James H. Moon Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Applicant must be a graduate of Fremont High School with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to students studying teacher education
  • Application deadline is March 15th
  • Download the application​ to apply

Judy Johnson Endowed Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Application must be a graduate of Newaygo High School with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Deadline to apply is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

Moon-Gempel Burton-Bendle High School Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Applicants must be a graduate of Burton-Bendle High School in Burton, Michigan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Deadline to apply is March 15th
  • Download the application​ to apply

Robert and Susan Clarke Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Preference given to graduates of Harbor Springs High School
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must be interested in pursuing a business or teaching degree
  • Application deadline is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

Christman Company Endowed Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must have completed three years of high school math
  • Applicants must be interested in pursuing a degree in construction management
  • Deadline to apply is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply

Dr. Leslie O. Carlin Scholarship for Freshmen

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU
  • Open to applicants with demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Next award in 2014-2015

Dick Enberg Endowed Scholarship

 

  • Open to incoming freshmen who have been admitted to CMU by March 1st
  • Applicants must submit the FAFSA listing CMU as the school of choice
  • Applicants must be from a class C or D high school in Michigan
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need
  • Applicants must be interested in a major within the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
  • Deadline to apply is March 15th
  • Download the application to apply.

CMU talent, athletic and departmental scholarships

 

  • Endowed scholarships are available based on need, academic focus, career aspirations and other criteria
  • Most are awarded by CMU departments to returning students, but a few are available to new students
  • Scholarships given to athletes are determined by the coaching staff of each sport. Interested athletes should fill out the necessary Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire found on the CMU Chippewas Collegiate Athletics webpage
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