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Centralis Scholarship Competition

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 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 (33 credits per year) and a $5,000 study away award.

Frequently asked questions

Who can compete?

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

Can international students compete? 

Yes! Centralis has no restrictions on location for the competition. For the invitation portion of the competition, we will individually work with competitors on a distance proctor option. For all questions about the CMU admissions process, please contact the Office of International Recruitment

What are the competition deadlines?

The Centralis competition application has closed for this cycle. Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available in Fall 2023.

How can I access the Centralis Scholarship application?

Once you submit an application for admission showing a minimum high school GPA of 3.7, you will see a link to the Centralis application in your applicant portal.

When will the Centralis Scholarship recipients be notified?

Scholarship decisions for the 2023-2024 academic year have been announced Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

I do not meet the Centralis Scholarship competition criteria. Can I still apply for admission to the CMU Honors Program?

Yes! Honors Program Regular Admission review begins March 1, 2023 and continues on a rolling basis until August 15, 2023 for the 2023-2024 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.

What is the committee looking for with regards to the creative piece?

Your goal in completing the creative piece is to make a creative presentation or creative piece that distinguishes yourself from the other applicants. This is your opportunity to express who you are and what your bring to the Honors community in an artistic or imaginative way.

I still have questions about the Centralis Scholarship Program.

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