Our Maroon and Gold merit-based scholarships consider high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. These scholarships cover anywhere from 20% to 75% of tuition (30 new CMU credits per academic year) for up to four years. The value of these scholarships increases as your tuition increases for higher-level courses. 

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for these awards. Submit a complete application including all supporting materials by Dec. 1 for priority consideration.

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Renewal Requirements for years 1 and 2:

  • Enroll full time (12 credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn at least 30 new credits at CMU each year throughout fall, spring and summer semesters (does not include CLEP, AP, IB, and dual enrolled credits).
  • Reside on campus your first and second academic years.

Renewal Requirements for years 3 and 4:

  • Have a minimum CMU cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of your second and third years.
  • Enroll full time (12 credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn at least 30 new CMU credits each year throughout fall, spring and summer.

Competitive Awards for New Freshmen

Centralis Scholarship Program​

These Centralis scholarships include CMU’s highest merit-based awards. All high school students with grade point averages of 3.7 or higher and ACT composite of 27 or above or 1260 SAT or above are eligible to compete for Centralis Scholar or Centralis Gold awards.​​

Centralis Scholar Award
T​wenty Centralis Scholar Awards are granted annually. The monetary value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year), fees, room and board, and a $500 allowance toward the cost of books and supplies. The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years provided renewal criteria are met (determined by the Honors Program)​. 

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te: Effective Fall 2015, the Centralis-Scholar Scholarship will pay 12 credits of tuition along with the room & board and $250 book stipend at the beginning of the semester.  The remaining credits that students are enrolled in for the semester (up to 33 total credits) will be paid by the Centralis-Scholar Scholarship the week after drop/add has ended.

         
Centralis Gold Award

The Cenralis Gold scholarship is equal to the cost of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year).  The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years provided renewal criteria are met (determined by the Honors Program).​

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Effective Fall 2015, the Centralis-Gold Scholarship will pay 12 credits of tuition at the beginning of the semester.  The remaining credits that students are enrolled in for the semester (up to 33 total credits) will be paid by the Centralis-Gold Scholarship the week after the drop/add has ended.
The Centralis Maroon Award is a $5000 one-time stipend to study away ( in additional to earned merit award).  Up 50 scholarships will be awarded annually, students will be part of the Honors Program.  The Maroon award can be combined with the "Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Award".
        
Note: Recipients may not receive a Centralis Scholarship with the Leadership or Multicultural Advancement Scholarships due to the extensive academic requirements of each Scholarship Program
 

CMU Leader Advancement Scholarship Program

Le​ader Advancement scholarships are awarded each year to up to 40 outstanding high school seniors who have distinguished themselves through a record of leadership in their schools and communities. Recipients are selected by a committee through the analysis of the scholarship application and a portfolio record of activities completed by the student. Competitors must have a minimum, cumulative high school GPA of 3.00. The value of the scholarship is $2000 per academic year and is renewable for three additional consecutive years if a 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time continuous enrollment is maintained.


CMU ​Lloyd M. Cofer and Multicultural Advancement Scholarships
Up to 10 Lloyd M. Cofer scholarships are awarded annually to deserving incoming freshmen who are graduates of a Detroit public high school. Up to 60 Multicultural Advancement Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who through past activities or educational aspirations indicate an interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society. The value of these scholarships is $4,125 per academic year. The Cofer and Multicultural Advancement scholarships are renewable for three additional years for recipients if a 2.50 cumulative GPA, full-time continuous enrollment, and successful completion of at least 24 new credit hours per year are maintained.

Up to 10 Multicultural​ Advancement Awards of Distinction are also awarded each year. The  value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of tuition (up to 36 credits per academic year), room and board, and a $500 allowance toward the cost of books and supplies.  The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA, full-time continuous enrollment, successful completion of the MAC scholar protocol, and completion of at least 30 new credit hours per year are maintained.

Native American Advancement Award​
The Native American Advancement Award is awarded to one new freshman each year. The award is for $3,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years. The award can be applied to tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board. See other Native American resources here.

Additional CMU Scholarships:

ROTC Scholarships (Reserve Officers Training Corps)​

CMU Alumni Association

Global Campus Scholarships for Off-Campus Students

CMU Scholarships for International Students

Office of International Affairs Scholarships​