Central Michigan University offers multiple scholarship opportunities to incoming freshmen, including those based on merit, community involvement, leadership and more.

Find all academic scholarship details and application dates below.


Merit-based scholarships 
The following merit-based scholarships are available to incoming full-time freshmen who enroll in the fall semester and reside on campus. Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications provided on the application for admission. No additional application is required. Students who submit a completed application for admission by November 15 are automatically eligible for consideration.

Nearly half of last year’s incoming class earned a merit scholarship. However, funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The application for admission should be completed by November 15 for priority consideration. If your GPA or ACT increases after you are awarded one of these scholarships, let us know and we will gladly upgrade you to the next level. Only the highest award will be recognized.

​​​Academic Prestige Award
$6,000 per year / $24,000 over four years
3.25 GPA and ​
1250 SAT (1210 old SAT / 27 ACT)

Academic Excellence Award
$4,500 per year / $18,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and
1100 SAT (1050 old SAT / 23 ACT)

Academic Success Award
$3,000 per year / $12,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and
1040 SAT (980 old SAT / 21 ACT)

Residence Life Grant
$2,000 per year / $8,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and
1010 SAT (940 old SAT / 20 ACT)
Must reside on campus


President's Award
If you are an incoming freshman from outside of Michigan and you have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75, then you will earn the President’s Award and your tuition will be billed at the in-state rate. Your application for admission is also the application for this award. Funding for this award is unlimited and will be awarded to all who qualify. The President’s Award may be combined with one of the merit-based awards above.

Competitive scholarships for freshmen
Additional applications are required for the competitive scholarships. Please visit go.cmich.edu/scholarships for complete details, qualifying criteria and deadlines. 

100 percent of tuition, room and board
3.7 GPA and 1250 SAT (1210 old SAT / 27 ACT) are eligible to compete in an on-campus essay competition​
Up to 20 awarded annually
100 percent of tuition
3.7 GPA and 1250 SAT (1210 old SAT / 27 ACT) are eligible to compete in an on-campus essay competition​
Up to 130 awarded annually

$2,000 per year
3.0 GPA
Up to 40 awarded annually

Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction
100 percent of tuition, room and board, and books
Up to 10 awarded annually​
Download application (PDF)​​

Multicultural Advancement Scholarships
$4,125 per year
Up to 60 awarded annually​​
100 percent of tuition, room and board
3.0 GPA and 940 SAT (860 old SAT / 18 ACT)
Majoring in journalism or broadcasting
Up to two awarded annually​​

Lloyd M. Cofer Scholarship
$4,125 per year
Up to 10 awarded annually​
Incoming freshmen from a Detroit high school​
Download application (PDF)​​

Additional scholarships for freshmen
In addition to those listed here, CMU offers dozens of scholarships that have their own set of criteria, applications, and deadlines. For a complete list of scholarships you may be eligible for, visit go.cmich.edu/scholarships.