In 1989, Central Michigan University created the Centralis Scholarship Program. This program awards merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen and community college transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and extracurricular involvement.
The Centralis program signifies the university's commitment to encourage and recognize the intellectual potential of outstanding students and academically strengthen the university. It provides scholars with extraordinary academic preparation, enrichment opportunities and personal development experiences.
These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Participation in the essay competition is by invitation.High school seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.7 and an ACT score of at least 27 (or SAT equivalent) are invited to compete. Factors considered in the final selection are demonstrated leadership abilities and potential; participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities; and written competition results. Centralis awards are automatically renewed if the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Centralis Scholar Awards provide full tuition, fees and room and board plus a stipend for books and supplies. Centralis Gold Awards have a value equal to the value of full tuition.
Because of the program's importance, Central Michigan University currently provides a portion of the financial resources. The program's continued growth depends on the generosity of alumni, friends, corporations and foundations committed to these standards.
Centralis awards are named in recognition of significant contributions individuals and organizations have made for the Centralis Scholarship Program.