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Scholarships for Continuing Students

Talent, athletic and 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 Merit Scholarship Renewal​​ Fall 2014-Spring 2019

CMU merit scholarship(s) recipients must meet the following criteria to renew their merit scholarship:

  1. A student must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more) each semester as a degree-seeking student. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  2. Students must earn 30 new credit hours each academic year (excluding the summer semester). CLEP, AP, IB and dual-enrolled credits do not count toward the 30 new credit hours.
  3. Merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years (8 semesters total) or to the point where the student has completed degree requirements for their first bachelor's degree; whichever comes first. Undergraduate students who graduate in less than 8 semesters forfeit their remaining scholarship eligibility.
  4. Students must reside on-campus freshman and sophomore years unless granted an exception.
  5. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at CMU. Scholarship renewal will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester.
  6. If a student chooses to attend another college or university or withdraws from CMU, the scholarship is forfeited.
  7. If a student accepts a CMU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, the higher award takes the place of all other scholarships. Subsequently, if a student does not meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers full cost, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot "reclaim" the other scholarship.

CMU Merit Scholarship Renewal​​ Fall 2019 to Spring 2023

CMU merit scholarship(s) recipients must meet the following criteria to renew their merit scholarship:

  1. A student must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more) each semester as a degree-seeking student. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  2. Students must earn 30 new credit hours each academic year. CLEP, AP, IB and dual-enrolled credits do not count toward the 30 new credit hours.
  3. Students must reside on-campus freshman and sophomore years unless granted a housing exception.
  4. Merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years (8 semesters total) or to the point where the student has completed degree requirements for their first bachelor's degree; whichever comes first. Undergraduate students who graduate in less than 8 semesters forfeit their remaining scholarship eligibility.
  5. Students must maintain a cumulative CMU GPA of 3.00 at the end of the second academic year. Scholarship renewal will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester.
  6. If a student chooses to attend another college or university or withdraws from CMU, the scholarship is forfeited.
  7. If a student accepts a CMU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, the higher award takes the place of all other scholarships. Subsequently, if a student does not meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers full cost, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot "reclaim" the other scholarship.

Centralis Scholarship Program​

​Centralis Scholar Award

The monetary value of this scholarship is equal to the co​st of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year), fees, room and board, and a $500 allowance toward the cost of books and supplies. The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years provided renewal criteria are met (determined by the Honors Program).

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Note: Effective Fall 2015, the Centralis-Scholar Scholarship will pay 12 credits of tuition along with the room & board and $250 book stipend at the beginning of the semester. The remaining credits that students are enrolled in for the semester (up to 36 total credits) will be paid by the Centralis-Scholar Scholarship the week after drop/add has ended.

Centralis Gold Award

The value of this scholarship is equal to the cost of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year). The scholarship is renewable for three additional consecutive years provided renewal criteria are met (determined by the Honors Program).

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Note: Effective Fall 2015, the Centralis-Gold Scholarship will pay 12 credits of tuition at the beginning of the semester. The remaining credits that students are enrolled in for the semester (up to 36 total credits) will be paid by the Centralis-Gold Scholarship the week after the drop/add has ended.

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.

Centralis Maroon Award

The Centralis Maroon Award is a $5000 one-time stipend to study away ( in addition to earned merit award). Students receiving this award will be part of the Honors Program. The Maroon award can be combined with the "Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Award."

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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.

Maroon and Gold Merit Scholarship

Renewal Requirements for years 1 and 2:

  • Enroll full-time (12 credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn at least 30 new credits at CMU each year throughout fall, spring and summer semesters (does not include CLEP, AP, IB, and dual-enrolled credits).
  • Reside on campus your first and second academic years.
  • Maintain enrollment at Mt. Pleasant campus.

Renewal Requirements for years 3 and 4:

  • Have a minimum CMU cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of your second and third years.
  • Enroll full-time (12 credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn at least 30 new CMU credits each year throughout fall, spring and summer.
  • Maintain enrollment at Mt. Pleasant campus.

CMU Leader Advancement Scholarship Program

Leader Advancement scholarships are awarded each year to 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 are maintained.

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CMU ​Lloyd M. Cofer and Multicultural Advancement Scholarships

The Lloyd M. Cofer scholarship is awarded annually to deserving incoming freshmen who are graduates of a Detroit public high school. The Multicultural Advancement Scholarship is 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.

The Multicultural​ Advancement Awards of Distinction is 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 30 new credit hours per year are maintained.

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Transfer Honors Scholarship

All new transfer students entering CMU with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a minimum of 24 transferable credits are eligible for a $3,500 scholarship.  This scholarship is renewable for up to three years.  Award renewal requires earning 30 new CMU credits over an academic year.  Third-year renewal requires a cumulative CMU GPA of 3.0 and at least 60 new CMU credits.  This award cannot be combined with the Transfer Recognition Scholarship. 

Transfer Recognition Scholarship

All new transfer students entering CMU with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and 12 transferable credits are eligible for a $2,000 award.  This scholarship is renewable for up to three years. Award renewal requires earning 30 new CMU credits over an academic year.  Third-year renewal requires a minimum CMU cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 60 new CMU credits. This award cannot be combined with the Transfer Honors Scholarship. 

Transfer Success Scholarship​

All new transfer students entering CMU with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and 12 transferable credits are eligible for a $2,000 award.  This scholarship is  renewable for up to three years. Award renewal requires earning 30 new CMU credits over an academic year.  Third -year renewal requires a minimum CMU cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 60 new CMU credits. This award cannot be combined with the Transfer Honors Scholarship. 

Phi Theta Kappa Award​

This $1,000 scholarship is available to Phi Theta Kappa members with a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 12 transferable credits.  The scholarship is renewable for up to three years by maintaining full-time enrollment; earning at least 30 new CMU credits per academic year.  Third-year renewal requires a minimum of a 3.0 CMU cumulative GPA and at least 60 new CMU credits. If eligible, this award can be earned with the Transfer Honors or Transfer Recognition scholarships. 

Transfer Residence Life Grant

This $2,000 scholarship is available to new transfer students with a minimum of 12 transferable credits who choose to live on-campus.  The scholarship is renewable for up to three years by maintaining full-time enrollment; earning at least 30 new CMU credits per academic year, and living on-campus.  Third-year renewal requires good academic standing and at least 60 new CMU credits. If eligible, this award can be earned with the Transfer Honors, Transfer Recognition or Phi Theta Kappa scholarships.​

Fall 2017 to Spring 2020

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 scholarship is awarded to new freshmen who meet eligibility requirements. 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 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 scholarship is renewable for 3 consecutive years if a 3.25 cumulative GPA and successful completion of 30 new credit hours is maintained.

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.

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Additional CMU Scholarships for Continuing Students

CMU Scholarships for International Students