NMU Scholarships


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

All first-time freshmen students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for our “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards at time of admission. 

New Freshman

Scholarships for students first enrolling in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017
First-Year Students ~ Awarded based on high school GPA and test scores; sliding scale.  View your potential awardwww.nmu.edu/admissions/NetPriceCalculator
Michigan Residents     Non-Michigan Residents  
NMU Excellence Award  $3000/yr.   NMU National Excellence Award  $6000/yr.
NMU Honors Award  $1500/yr.   NMU National Honors Award  $4000/yr.
NMU Success Award  $1000/yr.   NMU National Success Award  $3000/yr.

Renewal Eligibility

  • A Freshman may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 2.5 NMU G.P.A. and full-time enrollment.
  • 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 - full ride:  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 - full 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 Scholarship $1000/yr.
Munson Scholarship $ 500/yr.
Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

    Renewal Eligibility (for competitive scholarships listed above):

    • A Freshman may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, until completion of first bachelor’s degree.
    • Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 NMU G.P.A. and full-time enrollment.
    • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress policy requirements.

    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 Donor-Funded ScholarshipsThe award amounts, criteria and availability for these donor-gifted scholarships vary.  The application period is usually in February.

    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 at nmu.edu/AlumniAssociation/tuitionprogram.

    Active duty military and honorably discharged military veterans (and their spouses and children):  Qualify for Michigan resident tuition rates with documentation of status.

    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.