Northern Michigan University annually awards more than $2.3 million in scholarships to undergraduate students. Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

All first-time freshmen and transfer 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.

New Transfers**

Michigan Residents    
Award Amount Criteria
NMU Transfer Excellence Award  $3000/yr. 3.80-4.00 college G.P.A.
NMU Transfer Honors Award  $2000/yr. 3.50-3.79 college G.P.A.
NMU Transfer Success Award  $1000/yr. 3.00-3.49 college G.P.A.


Non-Michigan Residents    
Award Amount Criteria
NMU National Transfer Excellence Award  $6500/yr. 3.80-4.00 college G.P.A.
NMU National Honors Transfer Award  $6000/yr. 3.50-3.79 college G.P.A
NMU  National Transfer Success Award  $4500/yr, 3.00-3.49 college G.P.A.

*Awarded based on high school GPA and test scores; sliding scale. 
**Minimum requirements: 12 or more college-level credits after high school graduation and a 3.0 cumulative college GPA. 

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 (for all freshman and transfer scholarships listed above):

  • Freshmen may receive scholarships for up to 8 semesters, until completion of first bachelor’s degree.
  • Transfers may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, until completion of first bachelor’s degree.
  • Must on 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/freshmanfellowsby deadline.

Talent Recognition Awards: Amounts vary for awards in art/designmusic and theater. Contact academic department directly to arrange auditions or obtain detailed information.

NMU Donor-Funded Scholarships:  The 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