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.

Fall 2022 merit-based scholarships

Our Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Scholarship program supports incoming freshmen with financial assistance based on their high school academics. These scholarships cover anywhere from 20–65 percent of the cost of 30 credits for up to four years. Because these scholarships are based on a percentage of the cost of tuition, their value increases as your tuition increases for higher-level courses. 

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for these awards. No additional application is required. Apply by December 1 to receive priority consideration. You will always receive the highest award for which you qualify.

Merit scholarships based on GPA and test score:

2022 scholarship matrix

Merit scholarships 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.)


Renewal requirements

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 year three, you must have a 3.0 GPA and have earned 60 new CMU credits.

Competitive scholarships for freshmen

Each competitive scholarship has its own application process, deadline and awarding criteria. In addition to the scholarships below, be sure research scholarships provided by CMU academic departments.