Centralis Scholarship Competition FAQ

 What are the Centralis Competition awards?


Centralis scholarships are CMU's premier merit awards.   All Centralis Scholarship recipients are admitted to the CMU Honors Program as part of their scholarship package. There are two levels of awards:

Centralis Scholar Award:

Awarded to high school seniors.  Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program, full-tuition, fees and room and board each year for four years, and a $5,000 study away award. Its current four-year value is nearly $100,000.

Centralis Gold Award:

Awarded to high school seniors.  Award includes admission to the CMU Honors Program and covers full-tuition each year for four years, and a $5,000 study away award. Its four-year value is approximately $58,000.


Who can compete?

All high school seniors who have applied to the university and who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and a minimum 1260 SAT or 27 ACT score are eligible to compete.  Some students who do not meet the minimum competition criteria may be eligible for consideration under alternate criteria. Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you would qualify. 

 

What are the Competition Deadlines?

There are two important deadlines Centralis competitors must meet in order to be eligible for the competition:

  1. December 1, 2020: Competitors are encouraged to submit a completed application for CMU Admission (application, high school transcript, SAT/ACT test score, and application fee).
  2. January 1, 2021: Deadline to email completed Centralis Scholarship Application to honors@cmich.edu.  Note: Students applying through alternate criteria must also submit their Centralis Scholarship Application via email by January 1, 2021.


How can I access the 2021 Centralis Scholarship Application?

You can download the Centralis Scholarship Application below in either a fillable-form PDF document or a Word document.  Either form is acceptable.  You must email your completed Centralis Scholarship Application, in its entirety, in one single file, to honors@cmich.edu by January 1, 2021.  The subject line of your email should be "last name, first name, Centralis Scholarship Application, CMU student ID number".


2021 Centralis Scholarship Application Form_Fillable_New.pdf


2021 Centralis Scholarship Application Form


When will the scholarship winners be notified? 

Scholarship recipients will be notified in early March 2021.


I meet the competition qualifications and can verify my GPA and ACT/SAT score. What must I do in order to compete? 

There are two important deadlines Centralis competitors must meet in order to be eligible for the competition:

  1. December 1, 2020: Competitors are encouraged to submit a completed application for CMU Admission (application, high school transcript, SAT/ACT test score, and application fee).
  2. January 1, 2021: Deadline to email completed Centralis Scholarship Application to honors@cmich.edu.  Note: Students applying through alternate criteria must also submit their Centralis Scholarship Application via email by January 1, 2021.

I'm waiting for my standardized test score results.  Can I submit a Centralis Scholarship Application while I'm waiting?  

Before you submit a Centralis Scholarship Application you must have both a minimum 3.7 high school GPA and 1260 SAT score (or 27 ACT score).  If you do not yet meet BOTH of these minimum criteria, you should not submit an applicationIf you submit an application without meeting the minimum competition criteria, your application will be deemed ineligible, and your materials will not be reviewed for a Centralis Scholarship.  If on or before January 1, 2021, you do meet both criteria, you should send proof of your new scores to the CMU Admissions Office, and can then submit the Centralis Scholarship Application to honors@cmich.edu on or before January 1, 2021.

Some students who do not meet the minimum competition criteria may be eligible for Centralis Scholarship consideration under alternate criteria. Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you would qualify.  


My credentials are very close to the minimum criteria, but either my GPA or standardized test score fell just short of the minimum critera. Can I still submit a Centralis Scholarship Application?

 Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria to see if you would qualify.


Due to Covid-19, my high school did not offer an SAT/ACT test option prior to January 1, 2021.  Can I still submit a Centralis Scholarship Application?

A student whose high school did not offer an SAT/ACT test option at their high school prior to January 1, 2021, can apply for eligibility to compete under alternate criteria.  The student must have the minimum 3.7 high school GPA and submit a letter from their principal verifying 1) that the high school did NOT offer an SAT/ACT test prior to January 1, 2021, and 2) that the student is a top student compared to high school peers.  Supporting data can include, but is not limited to:  high school class rank, past PSAT scores, evidence of success in Honors/Advanced/IB/AP curriculum, dual-enrollment, etc.  Nominators should have reasonable confidence that the student would have performed at or above the Centralis minimum SAT/ACT score had the student taken the test.  Click here for more information on the Centralis Competition Alternate Criteria

IMPORTANT:   Students opting to NOT take the test offered by their high school are not eligible to apply for this alternate criteria path.  This option is only for students whose high school, due to Covid-19, was not able to offer an SAT/ACT test in fall 2020 either at the high school or at a nearby testing site. Students with a recorded SAT/ACT test score prior to January 1, 2021, regardless of where they took the test, are not eligible to apply for alternate criteria.


I do not meet the Centralis Scholarship Competition criteria.  Can I still apply for admission to the CMU Honors Program?

Yes!  Honors Program open admission review begins March 1, 2021 and continues on a rolling basis until August 15, 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. There is no minimum GPA or standardized test score required.  Applications will be reviewed, holistically, with emphasis on academic strengths and potential, leadership and involvement, community engagement, critical thinking and creativity, passion and commitment, and alignment with Honors Program core values.  Applications for Honors Program Open Admission will be posted here in January 2021.


What is the committee looking for with regards to the creative piece?  

Your goal in completing the creative piece is to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the review committee, as you wish, and to make your case for why you should be selected to join our University Honors community. There are no set guidelines for this part of the application as long as your response doesn't take up more than an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (one sided) and no more than 1/2 inch tall. No additional information will be provided to applicants regarding this part of the application as your creative interpretation is part of the evaluative process.


I still have questions about the Centralis Scholarship Program.

Please contact us at (989) 774-3902.  A member of the Honors Program staff will be happy to answer your questions.