CMU Talent/Athletic/Departmental Scholarships

Privately funded endowments provide supplemental funding to students based on need, academic focus, career aspirations or other criteria. Most of the endowed scholarships awarded by CMU departments are awarded to returning students with established, CMU grade point averages and/or signed majors. A limited number of CMU departments do, however, offer scholarships to new students; these scholarships are awarded based on departmental criteria. A Departmental Scholarship Listing is available by selecting the above link. Students should check with the academic department regarding scholarship application procedures.

Talent scholarships are awarded to students participating in co-curricular activities in Music, Speech and Dramatic Arts and Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts; the Athletic Department awards athletic aid according to NCAA guidelines; and, the Military Science Department offers scholarships to students participating in ROTC. Students should contact the academic department for more information. 

CMU Merit Scholarship Renewal​​ Fall 2014-Spring 2019

CMU merit scholarship(s) recipients must meet the following criteria to renew their merit scholarship:

  1. A student must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more) each semester as a degree seeking student. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  2. Students must earn 30 new credit hours each academic year (excluding summer semester). CLEP, AP, IB and dual enrolled credits do not count toward the 30 new credit hours.
  3. Merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years (8 semesters total) or to the point where the student has completed degree requirements for their first bachelor's degree; whichever comes first. Undergraduate students who graduate in less than 8 semesters forfeit their remaining scholarship eligibility.
  4. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at CMU. Scholarship renewal will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester.
  5. If a student chooses to attend another college or university or withdraws from CMU, the scholarship is forfeited.  
  6. If a student accepts a CMU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, the higher award takes the place of all other scholarships. Subsequently, if a student does not meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers full cost, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot "reclaim" the other scholarship.

CMU Merit Scholarship Renewal​​ Fall 2019

CMU merit scholarship(s) recipients must meet the following criteria to renew their merit scholarship:

  1. A student must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more) each semester as a degree seeking student. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  2. Students must earn 30 new credit hours each academic year. CLEP, AP, IB and dual enrolled credits do not count toward the 30 new credit hours.
  3. Merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years (8 semesters total) or to the point where the student has completed degree requirements for their first bachelor's degree; whichever comes first. Undergraduate students who graduate in less than 8 semesters forfeit their remaining scholarship eligibility.
  4. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 at CMU. Scholarship renewal will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester.
  5. If a student chooses to attend another college or university or withdraws from CMU, the scholarship is forfeited.  
  6. If a student accepts a CMU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, the higher award takes the place of all other scholarships. Subsequently, if a student does not meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers full cost, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot "reclaim" the other scholarship.


  Centralis Scholarship Program​ 

Centralis Scholar Award
The monetary value of this scholarship is equal to the co​st 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.

The value of this 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. 

 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.
*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 scholarship is awarded to new freshman who meet eligibility requirements.  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 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 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 30 new credit hours per year are maintained.

CMU Board of Trustees Community College Honors Scholarship

 All new transfer students entering directly from a community college with an associate’s degree or 56 hours of transferrable credit and a 3.5 GPA will automatically receive this award. The value of this scholarship is $2500 per academic year and is renewable for one additional year if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and 30 new credit hours are maintained. 

CMU Board of Trustees Community College Transfer Recognition Award

All new transfer students entering CMU directly from a community college with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher and a minimum of 30 transferable credits are eligible for this $1000 award. This scholarship can be renewed for one additional year provided the student successfully completes 30 new credit hours at CMU  and  maintains a 3.25 (or higher) cumulative GPA.  

  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 for Continuing Students

ROTC Scholarships (Reserve Officers Training Corps)​

Global Campus Scholarships for Off-Campus Students

CMU Alumni Association

CMU Scholarships for International Students

Office of International Affairs Scholarships​