October 29, 2016

Compete for one of 150 scholarships ranging from full tuition to a full ride

Online registration for this event opens in July.  

​​​​CMU is seeking 150 top high school seniors to comprise the incoming Centralis Honors Scholar class for fall 2015. Registration is required to compete for a spot in the prestigious Honors Scholar Program and earn one of 150 Centralis Scholarships that range from full-tuition to full-ride. Competition spots are limited.

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. [Learn more about the CMU Honors Program]

Students are selected through participation in the one-day Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition conducted each fall on the campus of CMU. 

Who is eligible for the Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition?
  • High school seniors with a minimum 3.7 high school GPA and an ACT score of 27 or higher (or two-score SAT equivalent of 1220) are eligible to compete. 
  • A qualifying ACT/SAT score must be verified before registering

Competition awards
  • Centralis awards are CMU's premier merit scholarships and are awarded only to students who participate in the Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition. Honorees will receive a spot in the prestigious Honors Scholar Program and a four-year financial award.
  • Centralis Scholar Award – Covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits per academic year), room and board, and some general expenses; renewable up to four years; awarded to 20 competition winners; current four-year value is approximately $93,000.
  • Centralis Gold Award – Covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits per academic year); renewable up to four years; awarded to 130 competition winners; current four-year value is approximately $56,000.
  • Recipients will be notified in December.

Factors considered in awarding scholarships
  • High school GPA and ACT/SAT score
  • Information provided on the Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition Application
  • Essay competition performance

How to participate

1. Register for a competition date. Space is limited and registrations will close once each date reaches capacity.

  • Register by Oct. 21

2. Apply for admission to CMU (apply.cmich.edu)

  • A completed admissions application, including receipt of official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT score, and the $35 application fee, must be submitted by the following deadline: 
  • Apply by Oct. 21

3. Complete the Centralis Honors Scholar Competition Application 

  • A link to this application will be emailed to you once you register for a competition date. Submit your completed application on the day of competition.

What to expect during the half-day competition
  • Check in and attend a welcome reception.
  • Learn about CMU's prestigious Honors Scholar Program.
  • Meet with current Honors students, staff, and faculty.
  • 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 additional information about registration or admission, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 989-774-3076 or cmuadmit@cmich.edu.