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Centralis Competition 

The Centralis Scholar Program is a comprehensive, immersive academic program. It features high-impact learning opportunities for motivated and passionate high academic ability students who seek to aim higher and achieve more meaningfully.

Centralis Scholars enroll in unique special topic Honors courses taught by top CMU faculty in a variety of settings from Mt. Pleasant’s campus, to the Appalachian Trail, to places like Bermuda, Florence, and Beijing.  In addition, Centralis students enroll in global citizenship courses which include study abroad opportunities, cultural diversity courses, and world language study.  Centralis Scholars are strongly encouraged to engage in undergraduate research and creative endeavors with CMU faculty as early as their first semester at CMU.  Ultimately, each Centralis Scholar will complete a capstone project in their discipline in collaboration with a CMU faculty member with an expectation that the results be published or presented in a professional forum.  Centralis Scholars are encouraged to pursue their passions through meaningful service opportunities and are called to participate actively in the vibrant Honors living learning community.  There are countless Honors Program academic, cultural, social, and community-based opportunities for Centralis Scholars to become engaged in the intellectual life and transformative experience of the university.  

Centralis scholarships are CMU's premier merit awards. All Centralis Scholarship recipients are admitted to the CMU Honors Program as part of their scholarship package. There are two levels of awards:

Centralis Scholar Award

  • Awarded to high school seniors.
  • Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program, full tuition, fees, and room and board for four years and a $5,000 study away award.

Centralis Gold Award

  • Awarded to high school seniors.
  • Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program, full tuition for four years and a $5,000 study away award.

Frequently Asked Questions

Centralis scholarships are Central Michigan University's premier merit awards. All Centralis Scholarship recipients are admitted to the CMU Honors Program as part of their scholarship package. There are two levels of awards:

 

Centralis Scholar Award

Awarded to high school seniors. Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program, full-tuition (33 credits per year), fees and room and board each year for four years, and a $5,000 study away award.

 

Centralis Gold Award

Awarded to high school seniors. Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program and covers full-tuition each year for four years (33 credits per year), and a $5,000 study away award.

All high school seniors who have been admitted to the university and who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 are eligible to compete. 


There are two important deadlines Centralis competitors must meet in order to be eligible for the competition:

The Centralis Scholarship competition for the 2022-2023 academic year has already occurred. The applications will open again in September 2022 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Below is the link for the Central Scholarship Application.

Students must apply for admission to CMU. 

Please use the same email and password created when applying for admission to access the link.

Apply for Centralis Scholarship

Scholarship recipients will be notified on January 21, 2022.

Yes! Honors Program open admission review begins March 1, 2022 and continues on a rolling basis until August 15, 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year. There is no standardized test score required. Applications will be reviewed, holistically, with emphasis on academic strengths and potential, leadership and involvement, community engagement, critical thinking and creativity, passion and commitment, and alignment with Honors Program core values. Applications for Honors Program Open Admission will be posted here in February 2022.

Your goal in completing the creative piece is to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the review committee, as you wish, and to make your case for why you should be selected to join our University Honors community. No additional information will be provided to applicants regarding this part of the application as your creative interpretation is part of the evaluative process.

Please contact us at honors@cmich.edu. A member of the Honors Program staff will be happy to answer your questions.