Presidential Scholars Competition

Paying close attention in classEach year Northern Michigan University invites academically talented students to apply to its Presidential Scholars Competition. The program is specifically designed for top high school seniors to compete for major scholarships to NMU.

Registration for this years (2013) competition is now closed.

Scholarship competition dates for high school seniors graduating in 2015 who will be new freshmen in fall 2015 will be November 2-3, 2014 and November 16-17, 2014. Registration will open on September 1, 2014.

 

Information about the Presidential Scholars Competition can be found below.
 

Watch a video with testimonials of three past winners.

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)
    • 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 (living in the residence halls with the meal plan)
  • *Term of award: 8 consecutive semesters total, as long as student maintains minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at NMU.
  • Harden Scholarship recipients are also automatically admitted to the NMU Honors Program.
  • Number awarded: 20

Additional Scholarships

  • Waldo Scholarships: $2000/yr (Number of awards varies.)
  • Kaye Scholarships: $1000/yr (Number of awards varies.)
  • Munson Scholarships: $500/yr (Number of awards varies.)
  • These scholarships are in addition to the automatic merit scholarships awarded upon admission.
  • *Term of awards: 8 consecutive semesters total, as long as student maintains minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at NMU.

NMU Leadership Scholarships

  • Amount of award: $2000 per year
  • *Term of award: 8 consecutive semesters total, as long as student maintains minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at NMU
  • Number awarded: 10

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 combined score in math and critical reading of 1090 or higher) AND a cumulative (ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades) high school GPA of 3.50 or higher. Students who have not taken the ACT/SAT must do so no later than October in order to be eligible for the competition. Students must be admitted to NMU prior to the competition deadlines, so please plan accordingly.

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 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.

View the tentative schedule of events.

Apply to participate

We will be offering two different competition dates.  You will only need to attend one of the two competition dates but your participation is required in all sessions.

            * Sunday evening, November 2, and Monday morning, November 3, 2014

            * Sunday evening, November 16, and Monday morning, November 17, 2014

On the scholarship competition application form you will be asked to select a first choice date.  Once we review your GPA and ACT/SAT score and determine if you are or are not eligible to compete, we will email you at the email address you provided on your scholarship application.

Deadlines

  • For the November 2-3, 2014 competition: submit your application for admission* (if you have not already) and scholarship competition application form by October 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. E.D.T.  A tentative schedule of events and other information will be mailed October 20, 2014 to those students who are eligible to participate.
  • For the November 16-17, 2014 competition: submit your application for admission* (if you have not already) and scholarship competition application form by October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. E.D.T.  A tentative schedule of events and other information will be mailed November 3, 2014 to those students who are eligible to participate.

*Students must be admitted to NMU and have the scholarship competition form completed by the deadline.

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.