The Honors Scholar Program

Registration opens mid-July to compete for one of 150
full-ride or full-tuition Centralis Honors Scholarships
and a seat in the 2017 Honors Program First Year Class!
Centralis Scholar Award
Awarded to 20 outstanding high school seniors and covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits a year), room and board and some general expenses for four years.  Its current four-year value is approximately $93,000
Centralis Gold Award
Awarded to 130 outstanding high school seniors and covers 100 percent of tuition (up to 36 credits a year) for four years.  Its four-year value is approximately $56,000
The minimum eligibility requirements to compete for a Centralis Honors Scholarship, and therefore a seat in the 2016 Honors Program first year class, are a 3.7 high school GPA and a 1210 SAT (old scoring) or 1280 SAT (new scoring) OR an ACT of 27.   Competitors must apply to CMU, register for and attend the Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition in fall 2016 on CMU's campus, and complete the Centralis Honors Scholarship Application.  At the competition applicants will write an impromptu essay that will count as part of their overall application.   To reserve your place at the competition you must apply to CMU and register online at or by phone at (989)-774-3076. Once you register for the competition you will receive an electronic link to the Centralis Scholarship Application which you will download and bring with you to the competition.
What is an Honors Scholar?
The Honors Scholar Program is a comprehensive fully-enriched academic experience for high academic ability students who seek to aim higher and achieve more meaningfully through unique educational opportunities and experiences. 
Honors scholars comprise 4% of the CMU student body and enroll in unique special topic Honors courses taught by top CMU faculty in a variety of settings from Mt. Pleasant’s campus, to the Appalachian Trail, to places like Bermuda, Florence, and Beijing.  In addition, Honors students enroll in global citizenship courses which include study abroad opportunities, special diversity courses, and foreign language study.  Honors Scholars are strongly encouraged to engage in undergraduate research and creative endeavors with CMU faculty as early as their first semester at CMU.  Ultimately, each Honors Scholar will complete a capstone senior project in their discipline in collaboration with a CMU faculty member with an expectation that the results be published or presented in a professional forum.  Honors Scholars also take part in meaningful service opportunities in areas in which they are passionate, reside in Honors housing, and take part in the countless cultural and social events that comprise our vibrant Honors Community!
If the Honors Program mission and core values are a good fit with your own expectations and belief system, and if you desire to fully engage in the life of the university, then we invite you to apply to be part of our community.  A community of academic leaders with limitless potential, who aim higher and achieve more, meaningfully.