Centralis Scholarship Competition FAQ

Due to the continued impact of Covid-19, 
the minimum SAT/ACT requirement has been waived for this year.  
Students now need just a minimum 3.7 GPA to qualify!

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.  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. 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.
  2. January 15, 2021: Deadline to submit a completed application for CMU Admission (application, high school transcript, SAT/ACT test score (optional), and application fee).

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.

My GPA falls 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.

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 honors@cmich.edu.  A member of the Honors Program staff will be happy to answer your questions. Please note that our office will be closed December 18-January 4, but we will check email intermittently over the closure.