Skip to main content

Scholarships for Freshmen

We offer merit-based and competitive scholarships based on a variety of factors including academic success, community engagement, multicultural awareness, and more. U.S. citizens and permanent residents graduating high school in 2022 and entering college that fall as freshmen are eligible for the following awards.

Merit awards
Competitive scholarships
Departmental scholarships
Additional scholarships

Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Awards

Our Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Award program provides scholarship opportunities to incoming freshmen based on high school academics. These scholarships cover anywhere from 20–65 percent of the cost of 30 credits per year for up to four years. These scholarships are based on a percentage of the cost of tuition, so their value increases if  tuition increases.

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for these awards. We are test optional, meaning you do not have to submit an ACT or SAT score in order to be admitted or be considered for one of our Maroon and Gold Merit Awards. 

No additional application is required. Apply by December 1 to receive priority consideration.

Merit awards based on GPA and test score

scholarship_matrix_2022

Merit awards based on GPA only:

Percent of tuitionHSGPAFirst-year value
Four-year value
50%4.0$6,375
$26,250
45%3.9-3.99$5,738
$23,625
40%3.8-3.89
$5,100
$21,000
35%3.7-3.79
$4,463
$18,375
30%3.6-3.69$3,825
$15,750
25%
3.0-3.59$3,188
$13,125

 

(Scholarship values are based on 2021-2022 tuition rates. Actual values will be calculated on 2022-2023 tuition rates and are subject to the availability of funds.)

All students must live on campus for two years. In your first year, as long as you're enrolled full-time (12 credits fall/spring), and you earn 30 new CMU credits over the academic year (summer included), you'll keep your merit scholarship for your second year.

In order to renew your scholarship for a third year, you must have a 3.0 GPA and have earned 60 new CMU credits.

Competitive scholarships

Our competitive scholarships for incoming freshmen are awarded based on a variety of factors, including academic success, community engagement, leadership, enhancing diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion, and more. They require a separate application and have application deadlines different than our merit awards.

• Covers 100% of tuition and fees (up to 33 credits per academic year), room and board, $250/semester book allowance, and $5,000 to study away

• Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7

• Renewable for up to four years

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: November 12, 2021.

Centralis Scholar

• Covers 100% of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year) and $5,000 to study away

• Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7

• Renewable for up to four years

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: November 12, 2021.

Centralis Gold

• $2,000 per academic year.

• Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have distinguished themselves through a record of leadership and service.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student completing required protocol and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: January 15, 2022.

Leader Advancement Scholarship FAQs

• $4,125 per year.

• Incoming freshmen from a Detroit high school .

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: January 15, 2022.

LLoyd M. Cofer Scholarship

• Covers 100% of tuition and fees (up to 33 credits per academic year), room and board and $250/semester book allowance

• Renewable for up to four years.

• Open to incoming freshmen who have distinguished themselves in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: January 15, 2022.

MAC Scholars Program

• $4,125 per academic year.

• $5,000 toward a study away experience.

• Open to incoming freshmen who have shown interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society. This interest may be demonstrated through past activities or through educational aspirations.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 24 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

• Deadline to submit application materials for Fall 2022: January 15, 2022.

MAC Scholars Program

Departmental scholarships

Several of our academic departments also offer competitive scholarships based on the major you plan on going into.

Explore departmental scholarships

Additional scholarship opportunities

Scholarship Universe is a great new tool for finding both CMU and external scholarships. Log in using your new CMU account and answer profile questions that will match you to scholarship opportunities. Then, choose the scholarships you’d like to apply to. Don’t Wait! Apply by March 31st.