October 29 and November 12, 2016
This event is at capacity and registration is now closed. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list for a possible opening, please call our office at 989-774-3076.

​​​​CMU is seeking 150 top high school seniors to comprise the incoming Centralis Honors Scholar class for fall 2016. 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 Scholarship Competition conducted each fall on the campus of CMU. 

Who is eligible for the Centralis Scholarship Competition?

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 the competition. 

  • Register by Nov. 5
  • Space is limited and registrations will close once the event reaches capacity.

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

  • Apply by Nov. 5
  • A completed admissions application includes official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT score, and the $35 application fee.

3. Complete the Centralis Honors Scholar Competition Application 

  • A link to this application will be emailed to you once your application has been reviewed and your qualifying GPA and test score have been confirmed. 
  • Submit your completed competition application at the event.

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 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.