CMU Scholarships

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CMU Scholarships for New Students  for 2015-2016


CMU Scholarship Policy for 2015-2016
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  1. 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.
  2. Students may receive two renewable merit scholarships. Students who are selected for more than two renewable scholarships may choose the awards of highest value.
  3. Estimated scholarships (e.g., Michigan Competitive and outside agency) do not reduce the amount of tuition payable on September 1 and January 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.
  4. 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.

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 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, fees, 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 and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.  
130 Centralis Gold Awards will be granted for 2015-2016. The value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of full tuition up to 36 credits per academic year.  The scholarship is renewable for new freshmen for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.

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.
     
New Academic awards for 2015-2016 *

​We ask that you APPLY EARLY.  Scholarship funds for the Academic Prestige, Academic Excellence, and Academic Success Awards are limited and the awarding process is competitive.  Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a student will receive a scholarship.  The best way to improve your candidacy is to submit all admission application materials as soon as possible.

*Academic Prestige Award ​
This scholarship honors high school students who have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and an ACT composite score of 27 or higher.   The value of this award is $6000 per academic year and is awarded to new freshman who meet eligibility requirements.  Funds are limited and are awarded first come, first served basis.  The scholarship is renewable for 3 consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.

*Academic Excellence Award
This scholarship honors high school students who have a 3.00 cumulative GPA and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher.  The value of this award $4500 per academic year and is awarded to new freshmen who meet eligibility requirements. Funds are limited and are awarded first come, first served basis. The scholarship is renewable for 3 consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.   

*Academic Success Award ​
This scholarship honors high school students who have a 3.00 cumulative GPA and an ACT composite score of 21 or 22. The value of this award $3000 per academic year and is awarded to new freshmen who meet eligibility requirements. Funds are limited and are awarded first come, first served basis. The scholarship is renewable for 3 consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.


CMU Leader Advancement Scholarship Program

Le​ader Advancement scholarships are awarded each year to 40 outstanding Michigan 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 $10,500 per academic year to be used toward the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies. The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA, full-time continuous enrollment, and successful completion of at least 24 new credit hours per year are maintained.

CMU President’s Award
The President’s Award is granted to non-Michigan resident high school seniors with  at least a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average  and to non-Michigan resident transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and who enroll directly at Central Michigan University as full-time, on-campus students. The value of the award is equal to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for the academic year. The award is renewable for new freshmen for three additional consecutive years if a 2.5 cumulative GPA, non-Michigan residency and full-time continuous enrollment are maintained and for new transfer students for up to two additional consecutive years if a 2.5 cumulative GPA, non-Michigan residency and full-time continuous enrollment are maintained. All students must complete 30 new credit hours for the academic year (excluding the summer session).  Participation in the Legacy Program replaces this award. 
 
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.


Specific Scholarships for New Students (apply before March 15th for priority consideration):


Aaron C. ​H​a​ll​​ ​Sc​hol​arship Application​

Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Holt High School​​​​ ​​

C.J. Brown ​Me​​moria​​l Scholarship Appli​cation

Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Planning to pursue a major in arts, science, mathematics, or chemistry; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Christman ​Co​mpa​ny​​ ​Scholarshi​p Application​

Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Majoring in Construction Management; Completed three years of high school math; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

​Col. Haro​ld L. Patr​ic​k​ Scholarship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshmen admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Mancelona High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA 

Dick Enberg​ H​ea​lt​h​​ ​Professions Scholarship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of a Michigan Class C or D high school; Planning to pursue a major within The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions ​

Doris A. Mitch​el​l​ ​Sch​olarship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Clare High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Planning to pursue a teaching degree from the College of Education & Human Services or a degree in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

Dr. Leslie O.​ ​C​arlin Scholarship Application for Freshmen​
Scholarship criteria: Freshmen admitted to CMU; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA; Unable to fully participate in extra-curricular activities due to family responsibility or chronic health problems. 

Ethel Pol​h​emus ​S​​ch​olarship Application​​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Greenville High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Grand Rap​i​d​s A​lu​mni​ Chapter Scholarship Application​​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Kent, Ottawa, or Barry County

Grand Tra​ver​se​ ​Alum​ni Cha​pter Scholarship Application  
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau County; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Great Lakes ​B​a​y ​Region ​Alum​ni Chapter Scholarship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Bay, Midland, or Saginaw County; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Harvey E. W​o​o​d​ Schol​a​rship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Holt High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher; Planning to major in teacher education; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Herceg & Ke​ll​ey​ ​S​ch​ola​rship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Michigan; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Planning to major in teacher education; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

James H. Mo​on Sc​ho​l​​arship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Fremont High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Jeanette & F​ra​n​k ​S​ch​malzried Scholarship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Pellston, Alanson, or Mackinaw City, Michigan area; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Planning to major in teacher education

John & Je​nnie ​Bas​t​ow​ Schola​​rship and Olson L. Anderson & Catherine Bastow Scholarship Application 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of Bay County, Michigan; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Johnie D. S​​mi​t​​​h ​M​emorial Sc​holarship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU; Resident of Saginaw, Midland, or Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Demonstrate academic potential; Participated in school and/or community activities; Demonstrate a desire to promote multicultural experiences on CMU's campus

Judy Johns​on E​ndo​wed​ Scholarship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Newaygo High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Moon/Gem​​pel B​​u​rton-B​endle H​igh School Scholarship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Burton-Bendle High School in Burton, Michigan; Cumulative GPA of 3.0; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Pontiac S​en​io​r ​High​ Scho​ol Scholarship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Pontiac Senior High School

Ro​ber​t a​nd​ Sus​an Clarke Schola​rship Application​ 
​Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Harbor Springs High School; Planning to pursue a business or education degree

Steven J. T​h​atch​er ​S​chol​arship Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Fremont High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA

Tyrone​ Jo​rd​a​n Scholars​hip Application​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Resident of the metropolitan Detroit area; Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; Demonstrate an interest in the advancement of minorities in American society

West Branch &​ R​o​​s​e​​ City Automotive Award Application​​
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st; Graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Planning to pursue a major in the College of Business Administration

Mark ​an​d​ E​laine Zelln​er​ Sc​holarship Application​ 
Scholarship criteria: Freshman admitted to CMU by March 1st: Graduate from Allen Park High School (first preference), Riverview Gabriel Richards High School, or Dearborn High School; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA ​​​​​​​​​​