2021-2022 First Year Scholarships

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or Summer 2022 may be eligible for one or more of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted first year students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus* are automatically considered for the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship (see levels below). 

Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award and the NMU Incentive Fund. The National Academic Award and NMU Incentive Fund can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two. 

*Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid. International students in a valid immigration status will find scholarship opportunities at nmu.edu/internationalprograms/scholarships.

Important Notes Regarding First Year Scholarships

A new first year student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new first year student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new first year student awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if the students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded. 

Wildcat Achievement Award

Annual Amount HS GPA ACT or SAT
$1,000 3.0-3.74 Not Required Not Required
$2,000 3.0-3.74 24-26 1160-1250
  3.75+ Not Required Not Required
$3,000 3.0-3.74 27-29 1260-1350
  3.75+ 24-26 1160-1250
$4,000 3.0-3.74 30-32 1360-1440
  3.75+ 27-29 1260-1350
$5,000 3.0-3.74 33-36 1450-1600
  3.75+ 30-36 1360-1600

Other Awards

The National Academic Award and NMU Incentive Fund are for Non-Michigan residents only. These scholarships reduce the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. 

National Academic Award

Annual Amount HS GPA
$5,600 3.0 or higher

NMU Incentive Fund

Annual Amount HS GPA
$3,000 2.25-2.99

Presidential Scholars Competition

For high school students who will be graduating in 2021 and entering college in Fall 2021, 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. This year's competition will take place virtually.  Please see Presidential Scholars website for information about the competition for students graduating in 2022. 

To apply for the scholarship competition, students must be admitted and have a cumulative (ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades) high school GPA of 3.70 or higher OR a cumulative (ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades) high school GPA of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.0+ scale) and ACT composite score of 24 or higher or an SAT total score of 1160 .

Registration deadlines apply.

Major Awards
Harden Scholarship: "full-ride" scholarship
Presidential Scholarship: full-tuition scholarship
Additional Scholarships Awards
Waldo Scholarship: $2,000/yr.
Kaye Munson Scholarship: $1,000/yr.
NMU Leadership Scholarships/yr.

U.P. Grant

NMU is investing in U.P. students with our U.P. Grant. You could receive up to $4,000! Eligibility requirements include:

  • Upper Peninsula resident
  • Enrolled at NMU in fall 2021 as a new first-year freshman or transfer student
  • Household income of $100,000 or less
  • FAFSA submitted to NMU for current year (used to verify household income)
  • Full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester)

NMU Foundation Donor-Funded Scholarships

Scholarships that are offered through the NMU Foundation are privately funded by donors who have created these opportunities for a variety of reasons. Often, these scholarships or endowments are established to honor a family member, classmate, mentor, friend or faculty member. In some instances, the scholarship supports a specific area of study or students from a particular region.

Enrollment Requirements for all First Year Scholarships

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).


Please Note: Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our First Year scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

Renewal Eligibility for all First Year Scholarships

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative NMU GPA of 3.00.
    • Exceptions: National Academic Award: cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA (after first year only; NMU GPA of 3.00 thereafter) and NMU Incentive Fund: cumulative 2.0 NMU GPA.
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress policy requirements.

Re-Entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left NMU. 
  • are within the "consecutive semesters" timeline that began with the original awarding date of said scholarship. Semesters away from NMU do count in the consecutive semesters timeline. 

Past Academic Year Scholarship Information

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2020, Winter 2021 or Summer 2021 may be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted first year students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus** are automatically considered for the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship (see levels below). 

Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award. The National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two. 

**Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

WILDCAT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP & NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD

Wildcat Achievement Scholarship

Important Notes Regarding Freshman Scholarships
A new freshman student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new freshman student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshman awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if the students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded. 

Presidential Scholars Competition

For high school students who will be graduating in 2020 and entering college in Fall 2020. The Presidential Scholars Competition is designed for high school seniors to compete for 10 "full-ride"  and 10 full tuition-tuition scholarships. Approximately 200 additional scholarships will be awarded to participants. 

To apply for the scholarship competition, students must be admitted and have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or an SAT total score of 1160 AND a cumulative (ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades) high school GPA of 3.50 or higher (4.0 scale).

Registration deadlines apply.  See the Presidential Scholars webpage for more information and to complete the competition application. 

Harden Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester), residence hall room and board (alternative policy for NMU apartments or off campus); university fee, student activity fee, one-time athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
Presidential Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester) for in-state or out-of-state rates; most required fees (university fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
Waldo Scholarship $2000/yr.
Kaye-Munson Scholarship $1000/yr.
Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

Enrollment Requirements for all First Year Scholarships:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).

Renewal Eligibility for all First Year Scholarships:

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative NMU GPA of 3.00.
    • Exception: National Academic Award: cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA after year 1; Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA thereafter.
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress policy requirements.

Re-Entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left NMU. 
  • are within the "consecutive semesters" timeline that began with the original awarding date of said scholarship. Semesters away from NMU do count in the consecutive semesters timeline. 

NMU Foundation Donor-Funded Scholarships:  Click here for a list of donor-funded scholarships that are available to first year students.

Important Notes Regarding First Year Scholarships

Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our First Year scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

2019-2020 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid. International students will find information here.

WILDCAT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP & NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD

Wildcat Achievement Scholarship


Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award. The National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

Renewal Eligibility

  • NMU Wildcat Achievement Scholarship:  Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA.
  • National Academic Award:  Cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA after year 1; Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA thereafter.
  • Awarded up to 8 consecutive semesters or until first bachelor's degree is earned, whichever is first.
  • For students entering Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left NMU.
  • are within the "consecutive semesters" timeline that began with the original awarding date of said scholarship. Semesters away from NMU do count in the consecutive semesters timeline.

New Freshman:  Competitive Scholarships

High school seniors compete on campus in November.  In order to qualify for competition, students must be admitted to NMU and meet academic criteria.  Number of awards varies.  Registration deadlines apply.  See www.nmu.edu/presidentialscholars for more information and to complete the competition application.  Waldo, Kaye, Munson and Leadership Scholarships are awarded in addition to the “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards.

Harden Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester), residence hall room and board (alternative policy for NMU apartments or off campus); university fee, student activity fee, one-time athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
Presidential Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester) for in-state or out-of-state rates; most required fees (university fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
Waldo Scholarship $2000/yr.
Kaye-Munson Scholarship $1000/yr.
Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

    Renewal Eligibility (for competitive scholarships listed above):

    For high school seniors with a minimum 3.50 GPA and 1160 SAT or 24 ACT.  Registration and information at nmu.edu/presidentialscholars.  DEADLINES APPLY.

    NMU Foundation Donor-Funded Scholarships:  Click here for a list of donor-funded scholarships that are available to first year students.

    Important Notes Regarding Freshman Scholarships

    A new freshman student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new freshman student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshman awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

    2018-2019 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

    Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

    WILDCAT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

      LEVEL V LEVEL IV LEVEL III LEVEL II LEVEL I
    Annual Amount $5,000 $4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000
    Min. HS GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
    ACT 33+ 30-32 27-29 24-26 21-23
    *SAT 1490+ 1390-1480 1280-1380 1160-1270 1060-1150

    *based on 2016 or later test; concordance used for earlier test

    NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD
    Added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarships for non-Michigan residents

    Annual Amount $5,600
    Min. HS GPA 2.75
    ACT 21
    SAT 1060

     

    Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award. The National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

    Renewal Eligibility

    • NMU Wildcat Achievement Scholarship:  Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA.
    • National Academic Award:  Cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA after year 1; Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA thereafter.
    • Awarded up to 8 consecutive semesters or until first bachelor's degree is earned, whichever is first.
    • For students entering Fall 2018, Winter 2019 or Summer 2019 only.
    • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

    New Freshman:  Competitive Scholarships

    High school seniors compete on campus in November.  In order to qualify for competition, students must be admitted to NMU and meet academic criteria.  Number of awards varies.  Registration deadlines apply.  See www.nmu.edu/presidentialscholars for more information and to complete the competition application.  Waldo, Kaye, Munson and Leadership Scholarships are awarded in addition to the “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards.

    Harden Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester), residence hall room and board (alternative policy for NMU apartments or off campus); university fee, student activity fee, one-time athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
    Presidential Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester) for in-state or out-of-state rates; most required fees (university fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
    Waldo Scholarship $2000/yr.
    Kaye-Munson Scholarship $1000/yr.
    Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

      Renewal Eligibility (for competitive scholarships listed above):

      For high school seniors with a minimum 3.50 GPA and 1160 SAT or 24 ACT.  Registration and information at nmu.edu/presidentialscholars.  DEADLINES APPLY.

      Other Awards

      Freshman Fellowship:  $1000 in earnings working with faculty member on research projects during freshman year; approximately 40 fellowships awarded.  Apply at www.nmu.edu/freshmanfellows by deadline.

      Talent Recognition Awards: Amounts vary for awards in art/design, music and theater. Contact academic department directly to arrange auditions or obtain detailed information.

      NMU Foundation Donor-Funded ScholarshipsClick here for a list of donor-funded scholarships that are available to first year students.

      Alumni Legacy Scholarship: The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is offered exclusively to current students who have completed 60 credit hours whose parents or grandparent is a Northern Michigan University alumnus/na and a Michigan resident.

      Non-Michigan Resident: Alumni Dependent Tuition Program: In-state tuition rates for non-resident children and grandchildren of alumni who earned an Associate degree or higher from NMU. See important details at nmu.edu/alumniassociation/tuitionprogram.

      Veterans or those currently serving in the Armed Forces and their covered individuals:  Qualify for Michigan resident tuition rates with documentation of status.

      ROTC Scholarships:  For information go to nmu.edu/ROTC.

      Important Notes Regarding Freshman Scholarships

      A new freshman student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new freshman student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshman awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

      2017-2018 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

      Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

      WILDCAT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

        LEVEL V LEVEL IV LEVEL III LEVEL II LEVEL I
      Amount $5,000 $4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000
      Min. HS GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
      ACT 33+ 30-32 27-29 24-26 21-23
      *SAT 1490+ 1390-1480 1280-1380 1160-1270 1060-1150

      *based on 2016 or later test; concordance used for earlier test

      NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD
      Added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarships for non-Michigan residents

      Amount $5,400
      Min. HS GPA 2.75
      ACT 21
      SAT 1060

       

      Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award. The National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

      Renewal Eligibility

      • NMU Wildcat Achievement Scholarship:  Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA.
      • National Academic Award:  Cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA after year 1; Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA thereafter.
      • Awarded up to 8 consecutive semesters or until first bachelor's degree is earned, whichever is first.
      • For students entering Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Summer 2018 only.
      • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

      New Freshman:  Competitive Scholarships

      High school seniors compete on campus in November.  In order to qualify for competition, students must be admitted to NMU and meet academic criteria.  Number of awards varies.  Registration deadlines apply.  See www.nmu.edu/presidentialscholars for more information and to complete the competition application.  Waldo, Kaye, Munson and Leadership Scholarships are awarded in addition to the “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards.

      Harden Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester), residence hall room and board (alternative policy for NMU apartments or off campus); university fee, student activity fee, one-time athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
      Presidential Scholarship - tuition (12-16 credits per semester) for in-state or out-of-state rates; most required fees (university fee, student activity fee, one-time student athletic event fee, and MacBook fee (Art and Design majors).
      Waldo Scholarship $2000/yr.
      Kaye-Munson Scholarship $1000/yr.
      Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

        Renewal Eligibility (for competitive scholarships listed above):

        For high school seniors with a minimum 3.50 GPA and 1160 SAT or 24 ACT.  Registration and information at nmu.edu/presidentialscholars.  DEADLINES APPLY.

        Other Awards

        Freshman Fellowship:  $1000 in earnings working with faculty member on research projects during freshman year; approximately 40 fellowships awarded.  Apply at www.nmu.edu/freshmanfellows by deadline.

        Talent Recognition Awards: Amounts vary for awards in art/design, music and theater. Contact academic department directly to arrange auditions or obtain detailed information.

        NMU Foundation Donor-Funded ScholarshipsThe award amounts, criteria and availability for these donor-gifted scholarships vary.  nmu.edu/Foundation

        NMU Alumni Heritage Award$250 one-time award for children of a Michigan resident who earned an associate degree or higher from NMU. 

        Alumni Legacy Scholarship 

        Non-Michigan Resident: Alumni Dependent Tuition Program: In-state tuition rates for non-resident children and grandchildren of alumni who earned an Associate degree or higher from NMU. See important details.

        Veterans or those currently serving in the Armed Forces and their covered individuals:  Qualify for Michigan resident tuition rates with documentation of status.

        ROTC Scholarships:  For information go to nmu.edu/ROTC.

        Important Notes Regarding Freshman Scholarships

        A new freshman student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new freshman student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshman awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

        2016-2017 NEW FRESHMEN SCHOLARSHIPS
        NMU SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEW FRESHMEN
        ENROLLING IN FALL 2016 OR WINTER 2017 OR SUMMER 2017

         

        Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

        MICHIGAN RESIDENTS     NON-MICHIGAN RESIDENTS  
        NMU Excellence Award $3,000/yr.   NMU National Excellence Award $6,000/yr.
        NMU Honors Award $1,500/yr.   NMU National Honors Award $4,000/yr.
        NMU Success Award $1,000/yr.   NMU National Success Award $3,000/yr.

         

        Awards are determined using a combination of high school GPA and ACT.  Renewal of these awards requires a 2.50 cumulative NMU GPA.

        Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the National Academic Award. The National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

        Renewal Eligibility

        • Freshmen may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, until completion of first bachelor's degree.
        • Must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 NMU GPA and full-time enrollment, except as noted
        • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

        New Freshman:  Competitive Scholarships

        High school seniors compete on campus in November.  In order to qualify for competition, students must be admitted to NMU and meet academic criteria.  Number of awards varies.  Registration deadlines apply.  See www.nmu.edu/presidentialscholars for more information and to complete the competition application.  Waldo, Kaye, Munson and Leadership Scholarships are awarded in addition to the “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards.

        Harden Scholarship - tuition, residence hall room and board, and most required fees.
        Presidential Scholarship - tuition and most required fees
        Waldo Scholarship $2000/yr.
        Kaye Scholarship $1000/yr.
        Munson Scholarship $500/yr
        Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

          For high school seniors  who will be new freshmen in fall semester.  Minimum academic requirements:  3.5 HS GPA and 24 ACT.  Registration and information at nmu.edu/presidentialscholars.  DEADLINES APPLY.

           

          Other Awards

          Freshman Fellowship:  $1000 in earnings working with faculty on research projects during freshman year; approximately 40 fellowships awarded.  Apply at www.nmu.edu/freshmanfellows by deadline.

          Talent Recognition Awards: Amounts vary for awards in art/design, music and theater. Contact academic department directly to arrange auditions or obtain detailed information.

          NMU Foundation Donor-Funded ScholarshipsThe award amounts, criteria and availability for these donor-gifted scholarships vary.  nmu.edu/Foundation

          Alumni Legacy Scholarship 

          Non-Michigan Resident: Alumni Dependent Tuition Program: In-state tuition rates for non-resident children and grandchildren of alumni who earned an Associate degree or higher from NMU. See important details.

          Veterans or those currently serving in the Armed Forces and their covered individuals:, receive resident-equivalent tuition rates.

          ROTC Scholarships:  For information go to nmu.edu/ROTC.

          Important Notes Regarding Freshman Scholarships

          A new freshman student who meets the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. A new freshman student who does not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshman awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.