The Presidential Scholars Competition is designed for high school seniors to compete for 10 "full-ride" and 10 full-tuition scholarships. Approximately 200 additional scholarships will be awarded to participants.
For high school students who will be graduating in 2020 and entering college in fall 2020, these are the competition dates and registration deadlines:
November 3 - 4, 2019 Deadline: Registration closes on Monday, October 21, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.
November 10 - 11, 2019 Deadline: Registration closes on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.
Registration will open in early August 2019. Students do not need to wait for a notice or invitation to register for the competition.
The following scholarships will be awarded by mid-December:
- 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 required basic 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
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
- Requires indication and additional information on registration form.
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 early November 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.
- 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.
- Students will have a one-on-one interview with an NMU faculty or staff member (each participant will be asked the same questions).
- Students will be assigned points based on their cumulative high school GPA (ninth through eleventh grades).
- Students will be assigned points based on their ACT/SAT score (NMU will use the student's highest test score through October testing dates.)
You can get an idea of the anticipated schedule be viewing the 2018 competition schedule: 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 3, and Monday morning, November 4, 2019.
- Sunday evening November 10, and Monday morning, November 11, 2019.
On the scholarship competition application form you will be asked to select 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 competition application.
Students participating in the Leadership 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.