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About the Competition

The Presidential Scholars Competition is designed for high school seniors to compete for 10 "full-ride" and 10 full-tuition scholarships.  Approximately 200 additional scholarships will be awarded to participants. 

Our fall 2020 competition will be modified to an engaging virtual format to best serve high school seniors in a safe and healthy manner.  We will have full details on this site in early August 2020.  Registration for the scholarship competition will open on September 1, 2020.

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Who can participate?

You may participate in the scholarship completion if you meet these criteria:

  • You are a high school senior, graduating in 2021 and entering college in fall 2021.
     
  • You have applied to and been admitted to NMU for fall 2021 prior to the competition registration deadline.
     
  • You meet these academic criteria:
    • High school GPA is 3.70 or higher (cumulative, 9th-11th grade)

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    • High school GPA is 3.50 or higher (cumulative, 9th-11th grade) AND your SAT total score is 1160 or ACT composite is 24 or higher

Competition Application - Available September 1, 2020. 

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The Presidential Scholars Competition allows high-achieving students to compete for 10 full-ride and 10 full-tuition scholarships


Major Awards

Harden Scholarships

  • Amount of award: "full-ride" includes
    • tuition (in-state or out-of-state rates) at full-time 12-16 credits per semester rate
    • most required fees (University fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee and MacBook Pro fee for Art and Design majors)
    • room and board (Quad II double residence hall room and required basic meal plan; winners may choose to pay differential for other options; students living in on-campus apartments, Spooner Hall, or not required to live on campus receive varying amounts toward living expenses)
  • Harden Scholarship recipients are also automatically admitted to the NMU Honors Program (no obligation).
  • Number offered: 10

Presidential Scholarships

  • Amount of award: full-tuition scholarships, including
    • tuition (in-state or out-of-state rates) at full-time 12-16 credits per semester rate
    • most required fees (University fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee and MacBook Pro fee for Art and Design majors)
  • Presidential Scholarship recipients are also automatically admitted to the NMU Honors Program (no obligation).
  • Number offered: 10

Additional Scholarships Awarded

  • Waldo Scholarships: $2000/yr (60 awarded.)
  • Kaye-Munson Scholarships: $1000/yr (140 awarded.)
  • These scholarships are in addition to the automatic merit scholarships awarded upon admission.

NMU Leadership Scholarships

  • Amount of award: $2000
  • Acceptance to the Student Leader Fellowship Program
  • Number offered: 10
  • Requires indication and additional information on registration form.

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Apply to Participate

We will be offering multiple competition date options. You will select one virtual session option, but will need to participate in all components in order to be considered for the scholarships.

Virtual Competition Dates for 2020

Session Option 1:  October 25-26, with small groups on Sunday afternoon/evening and interviews scheduled for Monday morning, afternoon or evening

Session Option 2:  November 1-2, with small groups on Sunday afternoon/evening and interviews scheduled for Monday morning, afternoon or evening

Session Option 3:  November 9-10, with small groups on Monday evening and interviews scheduled for Tuesday morning, afternoon or evening

On the scholarship competition application form you will be asked to select your first choice date. Once we confirm your eligibility to compete, we will email you at the email address you provided on your competition application.

Students participating in the Leadership portion of the competition will also complete a brief resume of leadership experiences and complete an essay on one of their leadership activities when applying for the competition.

Competition Application Available on September 1, 2020. 

What does the competition consist of?

Students will receive a score for each part of the competition. Scored components include an interview, leadership/involvement resume, and small group activity. More details will be available when registration opens. 

Additional options will be a live town hall for parents and a live student panel, both offered in virtual formats.  Details will be available at registration.


Questions:

If you have any questions about the Presidential Scholars Competition please call the Admissions Office at 906-227-2650 or email the program coordinator Kate Hooper at kannala@nmu.edu.


Renewal Criteria for all scholarships listed above:
  • First-year students may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 NMU G.P.A. and full-time enrollment.
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.