March 30, 2011
Central Michigan University announces a new National Scholarship Program led by Phame Camarena, director of the University Honors Program. This initiative, funded by the Office of the Provost, is designed to strengthen awareness, resources and assistance for CMU students. The program’s focus is on both honors and non-honors students pursuing prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships.
The program will identify and support CMU’s top academic students in annual competitions for prestigious awards including the Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Madison, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholarships and fellowships.
Anne Miller has been named coordinator of the program and will work with the CMU University Honors Office to coordinate communications and provide campus-wide assistance to both faculty and students.
According to Camarena, these efforts are designed “to promote the accomplishments of our exceptional
CMU students and to ensure that both the quality and quantity of our nominees for these awards is increased.”
Executive Vice-President/Provost E. Gary Shapiro added that “CMU has many academically-talented students who are capable of competing nationally, and this program should offer crucial assistance so that their potential is recognized.”
Some of the key projects planned for this year include:
- Developing a new National Scholarship website, which will be launched over the summer. The website will include information on the national scholarship and fellowship programs and an overview of the application and nomination processes.
- Meeting with colleges and departments to educate the faculty who are in the best position to identify potential students for this program.
- Sponsoring workshops and meetings to help students and faculty understand and prepare for the application and nomination procedures.