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 upon admission.  All scholarships require full-time enrollment.

View your potential award by using our online scholarship tool:  www.nmu.edu/admissions/NetPriceCalculator.

New Freshmen*

Michigan Residents     Non-Michigan Residents  
NMU Excellence Award  $3000/yr.   NMU National Excellence Award  $6500/yr.
NMU Honors Award  $2000/yr.   NMU National Honors Award  $5500/yr.
NMU Success Award  $1500/yr.   NMU National Success Award  $4000/yr.

*Awarded based on high school GPA and test scores; sliding scale.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Freshmen 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 Freshmen 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, 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).
  • Waldo Scholarship  $2000/yr.
  • Kaye Scholarship  $1000/yr.
  • Munson Scholarship  $  500/yr.
  • Leadership Scholarship  $2000/yr.

Renewal Eligibility (new Freshmen Competitive Scholarships listed above):

  • Freshmen 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 and Alumni Dependent Tuition Program (for non-Michigan residents)

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 Freshmen Scholarships

New freshmen students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New freshmen students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshmen 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.