​​Central Michigan university offers a variety of scholarship programs, some through the institution and some through individual departments or colleges.    The university offers merit scholarships to students with GPAs of 3.0 and above, and the number of scholarships was recently increased substantially (click here for details).   For complete information about ​CMU institutional financial aid and scholarships, please click here.  

Below you'll find information about the many scholarships offered through the Department of Communication.
 
Special Talent Scholarships

Debate and Forensics

These generous awards are offered to communication students who are active and successful participants in CMU's debate program. ​These scholarships, which are not based on need, are paid per year over four years. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and satisfy the forensics competition requirements outlined by the coaching staff. 

For additional information, please visit our office at 333 Moore Hall or contact Bernadette Cesena at: cesen1bj@cmich.edu​​  
 
 
Donor Scholarships
 
  • Lawrence E. Abbott Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Lawrence E. Abbott '55. The income from the endowment will support a renewable award for a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the College of the Arts and Media and majoring in speech. Eligible candidates must demonstrate financial need and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication by phone at 989-774-3177 or in person at Moore Hall #333.
 
  • Eugene C. Chenoweth Debate Award
Established in 1980 by an estate gift of Eugene C. Chenoweth; income from which is to be used as an award for undergraduates who shall exhibit excellence in intercollegiate debate competition. The award is to be administered by the Director of Debate and Chairperson of the Communication Department.
 
For more information please contact Joe Packer, Director of Forensics and Debate at 989-774-4460 or by email at packe1j@cmich.edu.
 
  • Herbert L. and Lillian M. Curry Debate Award
Established in 1955 by Karen Heydenburg and Dennis Curry in memory of their parents, with preference for junior or senior COM majors with a 3.0 or better GPA and an emphasis in oratory/debate or speech education and participation in debate, oratory or other forensic activities.
 
For more information please contact Joe Packer, Director of Forensics and Debate at 989-774-4460 or by email at packe1j@cmich.edu.

  • David and Kathleen Ling Endowed Scholarship in Forensics

Established in 2006 by David and Kathleen Ling, family, and friends.  David is a retired professor of the Department of Communication  who has established the scholarship to be awarded to a full-time student who shows special merit in debate and is involved in the debate program at CMU.  The award is to be administered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in consultation with the Dean of the College of the Arts and Media and the Director of Forensics.

For more information please contact Joe Packer, Director of Forensics and Debate at 989-774-4460 or by email at ​packe1j@cmich.edu.​

   
  • Jean Mayhew Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Language Arts
Professor Mayhew, member of the faculty from 1952 to 1981, established this scholarship to be awarded annually to a Language Arts major who is a Michigan resident. The recipient must be a junior or senior with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. Department faculty select each year's recipients. 
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication Arts by phone at 989-774-3177 or in person at Moore Hall #333.
 
  • The Wilbur Moore Prize
Established in 1989 in memory of Wilbur E. Moore, founder of what are now known as the Summer Remedial Clinics and the university's first vice president for academic affairs, for a junior who is enrolled as a major in one of the four departments: Communication, Communication Disorders, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Theatre and Dance.
 
For more information please contact the Department of Communication by phone at 989-774-3177 or in person at Moore Hall #333.
 

  • Gilbert Rau Oratory Award

Established in 1982 for three students chosen as the best speaker in the annual Gilbert Ray Oratory Contest.

For more information please contact the Department of Communication by phone at 989-774-3177 or in person at Moore Hall #333.


For more information please contact the Department of Communication by phone at 989-774-3177 or in person at Moore Hall #333.