CMU Scholarships for Continuing Students

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​Specific Scholarships for Continuing Students:

Johnnie D. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship criteria: CMU undergraduate of at least Sophomore status:  Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher:  Demonstrate interest in research or scholarly pursuits:  Demonstrate a desire to promote multicultural experiences on CMU's campus.

Military​ Veteran Scholarship
Scholarship criteria: Be a full-time, on-campus student and a descendant of a military veteran. Priority consideration given to students based on the following criteria: (1) Demonstrated financial need per the FAFSA and information submitted with application; (2) Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; (3) Junior or Senior grade level; and (4) Donor-specified criteria.

Single P​arent Scholarship
Scholarship criteria: Be a full-time, on-campus student who is a single parent or is from a single parent household or is an orphan. Priority consideration given to students based on the following criteria: (1) Demonstrated financial need per the FAFSA and information submitted with application; (2) Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; (3) Junior or Senior grade level; (4) Donor-specified criteria.

CMU W​omen's Con​nection Award
Scholarship criteria: (1) Be a student who is a single parent or from a single parent home; (2) Demonstrated financial need per the FAFSA and information submitted with application (3) Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher​

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 Endowed Scholarships

Privately funded endowments provide supplemental funding to students based on need, academic focus, career aspirations or other criteria. Scholarships are generally awarded in the spring and summer for the next academic year. Most scholarships require ​the student be a returning undergraduate student, enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program on campus. Preference may be given to juniors and seniors of high academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrating financial need. No application is required as recipients will be selected by the OSFA Scholarship Committee based on scholarship-specific criteria.​

CMU Scholarship Policy for first attend date Fall 2014 - Spring 2015: ​
  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​ 
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.
*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.


CMU Scholarship
Policy for first attend date Fall 2009 to Spring 2014:
  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 (i.e., 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.

CMU Board of Trustees Centralis Scholarship Program

These Centralis scholarships include CMU’s highest merit-based awards.  High school students with grade point averages of 3.7 or higher and an ACT composite of 27 or above are eligible to complete for these awards.

Centralis Scholar Award

Twenty 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 24 new credit hours are maintained.

Centralis Gold Award

Twenty Centralis Gold Awards are granted annually. The value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of full tuition. The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 24 new credit hours are maintained.

CMU Board of Trustees Outstanding High School Student Scholarship

High school seniors who rank first or second in their high school graduating class who enter CMU as freshmen are awarded this scholarship.  The value of the scholarship is $4000 per academic year. The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 24 new credit hours are maintained.  

CMU Board of Trustees Academic Honors Scholarship

 All new freshmen entering CMU directly from high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 20 or higher are awarded this scholarship. The value of this scholarship is $2500 per academic year and is renewable for new freshmen for three additional consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 24 new credits hours 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 24 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 24 new credit hours at CMU  and  maintains a 3.25 (or higher) cumulative GPA.  

CMU Leader Advancement Scholarship Program

These Leader 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. 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 successful completion of 24 new credits are 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 44 Multicultural Advancement Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who through past activities or educational aspirations indicate an interest in the advancement of minorities 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 consecutive  years for recipients if a 2.50 cumulative GPA, full time enrollment, and successful completion of 24 new credits 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 enrollment, and successful completion of 24 new credits 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.  Students awarded the Presidents award prior to 2014-2015 must complete 24 new credit hours for the academic year (excluding the summer session).  Students receiving the President's award beginning 2014-2015 must complete 30 new credit hours per academic year (excluding summer session) .  Participation in the Legacy Program replaces this award. 

Native American Advancement Award

Th​e Native American Advancement A​ward 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.  

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​

A number of awards help international students finance their education at Central Michigan University. Information on these scholarships can be found on the Office of International Affairs website.​