Presidential Scholars Competition

Paying close attention in classThe Presidential Scholars Competition is designed for academically talented high school seniors to compete for ten "full-ride" and ten full-tuition scholarships.  In addition to the 20 large scholarships, approximately 200 smaller scholarships (which can be added to scholarships awarded at the time of admission) will be awarded to participants.

The scholarship competition for those high school seniors graduating in 2018 (who will be new first-year students in fall 2018) is over. 



Competition dates for high school seniors graduating in 2019 (who will be new first-year students in fall 2019) are November 4 & 5, 2018 and November 11 & 12, 2018. Registration will open August 2018.

Students do not need to wait for a notice or invitation to register for the competition.

As a result of this competition, the following scholarships will be awarded:
 

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 Gold 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 (Approximately 200 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

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.
     

Who can apply to participate?

To apply for the scholarship competition, students must 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). Students who have not taken the ACT/SAT must do so no later than October of their final high school year in order to be eligible for the competition. Students must register for the competition AND apply for admission and submit transcripts and test scores prior to the competition deadlines so we can determine eligibility.

What does the competition consist of?

Students will receive a separate score for each of the four parts of the competition.

  1. Students will take part in group activities with other participants where they will demonstrate their leadership, negotiation and interpersonal skills. These are problem solving exercises and students will be observed and scored by an NMU staff member and/or a current NMU student.
  2. Students will have a one-on-one interview with an NMU faculty or staff member (each participant will be asked the same questions).
  3. Students will be assigned points based on their cumulative high school GPA (ninth through eleventh grades).
  4. Students will be assigned points based on their ACT/SAT score (NMU will use the student's highest test score through October testing dates.)

Students participating in the Leadership Scholarships 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.

 

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 at glombard@nmu.edu.

 

apply