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
$6,500 per year / $24,000 over four years
3.25 GPA and ​
1250 SAT or 27 ACT

Academic Excellence Award
$5,500 per year / $18,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 23 ACT

Academic Success Award
$3,500 per year / $12,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and
1040 SAT or 21 ACT

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


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
Winners of the on-campus essay competition​
Minimum 3.70 GPA and 1260 SAT (or 27 ACT)  to qualify for competition
100 percent of tuition
Winners of the on-campus essay competition​
Minimum 3.70 GPA and 1260 SAT (or 27 ACT) requirements to qualify for competition

$2,000–$8,000 per year
May be combined with the Academic Prestige, Excellence or Success Award
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​​

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.