Merit scholarships for 2020-2021
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.
All students must live on campus for two years. In your first year, as long as you're enrolled full-time (12 credits fall/spring), and you earn 30 credit hours over the academic year (summer included), you'll keep your merit scholarship for your second year.
In order to renew your scholarship for year three, you must have a 3.0 GPA and have earned 60 new CMU credits.
Competitive Awards for New FreshmenCentralis 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
Twenty Centralis Scholar Awards are granted annually. The monetary value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of tuition (up to 36 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).
Note: 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 36 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 36 credits per academic year). The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years provided renewal criteria are met (determined by the Honors Program).
Note: 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 36 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
Leader 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
Additional CMU Scholarships:
CMU Scholarships for International Students
CMU Scholarship Policy for 2020 -2021
- Recipients of CMU merit- and talent-based scholarships of a dollar value equal to or greater than $2,500 are required to reside on campus during their freshman and sophomore years unless they qualify as commuting students or for another exception to the Campus Residency Policy.
- Students may receive up to two renewable merit scholarships up to the cost of attendance. Students who are selected for more than two renewable scholarships may choose the awards of highest value.
- Estimated scholarships (e.g., outside agency) do not reduce the amount of tuition payable on October 1 and February 1. Students must make arrangements to pay for the total amount of tuition due to avoid a $100 late tuition fee and a $30 service charge.
- CMU will limit institutional funds (e.g. need-based grants, merit scholarships, departmental scholarships, employee tuition waivers, Indian Tuition Grant Waiver, etc.) to the annual cost of attendance.