As an institution of higher learning, CMU recognizes and rewards those who understand the significance of academic success. The CMU academic scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate CLAS students on the basis of a student's academic record of GPA and ACT scores. CGES students are not eligible for institutional scholarships. Hall of Sponsors and Endowed Scholarships underwrite most of the Financial Aid that CMU awards. The generosity of alumni, friends and churches allows Central the opportunity to offer aid to many of our students. The institutional scholarship package that an incoming freshman or transfer student accepts prior to the beginning of the first school year with CMU is the scholarship that the student will receive for up to 10 semesters of matriculation at the University, provided that they maintain the appropriate GPA required for their scholarship. The exception to this statement is the amount of award a student can receive for participation in athletics or talent programs can be adjusted to reflect performance or participation.

Incoming Freshmen Students: For both domestic and international students: academic scholarships vary from $4,000 to $12,000 and are based on cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Transfer Students: For both domestic and international students: academic scholarships are based on the number of transfer hours and the student's cumulative GPA.

Scholarship Competition: The Eagle Select scholarship competition is a twice annual event for students in their senior year of high school that meet the invitation requirements. Students must meet a minimum of a 26 ACT score and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Upon acceptance, students may receive an invitation from the Office of Admissions to compete for scholarship awards up to full tuition (requires that students live on campus until graduation). The event is open to parents and families. It provides opportunities to see the campus and learn about financial aid, student services, and a variety of other helpful information.

United Methodist Half-Tuition Scholarship: To qualify for the United Methodist Scholarship, a student must be an active United Methodist Church member in good standing with his or her local church for at least one year, which must be verified by the pastor (United Methodist Certification Form). Check out the UMC website at for other UMC scholarships.

Half-tuition scholarships will increase with the cost of tuition each academic year. Students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this award and must maintain a 2.0 to retain. The United Methodist award may not be combined with other CMU scholarships.

Stackable Scholarships

Legacy Grant: Students who have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who has graduated from CMU may be eligible for a $1,000 grant. The Legacy Grant Form should be submitted for certification.

Sibling Grant: Students who have a sibling currently enrolled at CMU may be eligible for a $1,000 grant.

Legacy and Sibling Grants may not be combined.

Participatory Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students participating in designated CMU activities. The scholarships vary in amount and require an audition, interview, or tryout with the appropriate activity director, coach, or faculty member. A student may combine only one participatory scholarship and academic scholarship. Varsity scholarships may not be combined with any other scholarship.

Participatory scholarships are available in athletic and non-athletic areas and are evaluated for each student individually on a yearly basis.

Athletic Participatory Scholarships Other Participatory Scholarships
Basketball - Men and Women
Cross-Country - Men and Women
Golf - Men and Women
Soccer - Men and Women
Spirit Squad - Co-Ed
Track and Field - Men and Women
Instrumental Music
Vocal Music
Color Guard
Civic Engagementpdf
Ministry - Student Ministry Applicationpdf


Conditions of Note:
*Institutional scholarships are not available to College of Graduate and Extended Studies students.
*Institutional aid will not exceed $2,000 over tuition.
*Institutional aid may be reduced if assistance is received by third parties.