The Program

HPER researchThe Freshman Fellowship Program at Northern Michigan University provides academically talented students with an enriched educational experience. Some of the programmatic advantages include formal learning outcomes, while others are more personal, involving interactions with a faculty mentor, other freshman fellows, and advanced students and staff at the university. The program provides an opportunity to understand and practice scholarship, work with a university professor, interact with other students and enhance overall intellectual curiosity … all while earning a cash stipend.

The Freshman Fellowship Program consists of a monetary award of up to $1,000, paid per hour.  Most fellows work 4 to 5 hours per week throughout the year with their faculty mentor.  Fellows have been placed with mentors in wide variety of academic fields, including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, education, history, geography, nursing and psychology. 

The qualifications required to become a freshman fellow are a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 and a minimum score of 24 on the ACT or 1090 on the SAT. Once accepted, all fellows are matched with a faculty mentor who shares the fellow’s academic interests.  The success of the program rests on the joint commitment of the fellow and mentor to engage in the pursuit of scholarship at NMU.