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Leadership Advancement Scholarship FAQs

Yes, any incoming freshmen with a 3.0 high school GPA is eligible for the award.

You may combine a Leader Advancement Scholarship with a Central Michigan University Maroon and Gold merit-based scholarship. This is in addition to any private scholarships you may receive. To learn more about other awards we offer or how this award may affect your financial aid package visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The Leader Advancement Scholarship is unique in that standardized test scores and academic marks are not considered when awarding the scholarship. The selection committee is seeking individuals who have the capacity to become Michigan's next generation of leaders as demonstrated in the extent, variety, and depth of a student's involvement, service, employment, and other endeavors.

The Office of Residence Life will attempt to honor all roommate requests, however, we cannot guarantee roommates.

No. All Leader Advancement Scholarship recipients will complete specified courses together as a cohort. These courses fulfill general education requirements which allow the student to make progress on any CMU degree and do not constitute additional coursework for the student.

Absolutely. The academic component of the Leader Advancement Protocol aligns very well with our Leadership Minor, at the completion of the LAS program a student will earn a leadership minor.

Leader Advancement Scholars will become leaders on our campus. Leadership Scholars will earn a grade point average of at least a 2.75, actively participate in the Leader Advancement Protocol, and contribute to volunteer projects.

While attendance at these programs is optional, they represent a true opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and meet your cohort.

Additional questions?

For additional information regarding the Leader Advancement Scholarship please call the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute at (989) 774-LEAD (5323) or email us at