October 27 and November 3, 2018 

CMU annually seeks top high school seniors to comprise the incoming freshman class of Centralis Honors Scholars. Scholars are selected from two on-campus essay competitions held  each fall. Winners are awarded a spot in the prestigious Honors Scholar Program and a Centralis Scholarship ranging from full-tuition to a full-ride. Competition spots are limited and pre-registration is required. 

The Honors Scholar Program is a comprehensive fully-enriched academic experience for high academic ability students who seek to aim higher and achieve more meaningfully through unique educational opportunities and experiences.

Please check below to see if you are qualified to compete before registering for Centralis

October 27, 2018 - 9 a.m.

November 3, 2018 - 9 a.m.

The contest is open to high school seniors who are accepted for admission to CMU and meet the academic qualifications of a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and a minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score.

Limited exceptions to these criteria may be permitted for students who meet one but not both of the competition criteria
Centralis awards are CMU’s premier merit scholarships and are awarded only to students who participate in the Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition. Honorees receive a spot in the prestigious Honors Scholar Program and a four-year financial award. Recipients are notified in mid-December.

Centralis Scholar Award – Covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits per academic year), room and board, and some general expenses, and is renewable up to four years. The current four-year value is approximately $98,000.

Centralis Gold Award – Covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits per academic year) and is renewable up to four years. The current four-year value is approximately $56,000.

  • High school GPA and SAT/ACT score
  • Information provided on the competition application
  • Essay competition performance
  1. Apply for admission to CMU - A completed admissions application includes official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT score, and the $35 application fee.

  2. Register for the competition - Choose one of the two dates listed above. Space is limited and registrations will close once the event reaches capacity.

  3. Download and complete the competition application - Download the Honors Scholarship Competition application (PDF | Word). Submit your completed application at the event.
  • Check in and attend a welcome reception.
  • Visit with current Honors Scholar recipients.
  • Learn about CMU's prestigious Honors Scholar Program.
  • Receive information about CMU's academic programs and get a feel for life on campus.
  • Complete a timed one-hour essay in response to a prompt given onsite.
  • Learn about student and parent support services such as academic advising, career services, residence life, scholarships and financial aid.
  • Choose to participate in an optional campus tour.

For questions about the competition, please visit the Centralis Competition FAQ page.

For additional information about registration or admission, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 989-774-3076 or cmuadmit@cmich.edu.