2018-2019 NMU Scholarships


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


Annual Amount $5,000 $4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000
Min. HS GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
ACT 33+ 30-32 27-29 24-26 21-23
*SAT 1490+ 1390-1480 1280-1380 1160-1270 1060-1150

*based on 2016 or later test; concordance used for earlier test

Added to the Wildcat Achievement Scholarships for non-Michigan residents

Annual Amount $5,600
Min. HS GPA 2.75
ACT 21
SAT 1060


Renewal Eligibility

  • NMU Wildcat Achievement Scholarship:  Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA.
  • National Academic Award:  Cumulative 2.75 NMU GPA after year 1; Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA thereafter.
  • Awarded up to 8 consecutive semesters or until first bachelor's degree is earned, whichever is first.
  • For students entering Fall 2018, Winter 2019 or Summer 2019 only.
  • 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 - 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 - 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-Munson Scholarship $1000/yr.
Leadership Scholarship $2000/yr.

    Renewal Eligibility (for competitive scholarships listed above):

    For high school seniors with a minimum 3.50 GPA and 1160 SAT or 24 ACT.  Registration and information at nmu.edu/presidentialscholars.  DEADLINES APPLY.

    Other Awards

    Freshman Fellowship:  $1000 in earnings working with faculty member 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 Foundation Donor-Funded ScholarshipsClick here for a list of donor-funded scholarships that are available to first year students.

    Alumni Legacy Scholarship: The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is offered exclusively to current students who have completed 60 credit hours whose parents or grandparent is a Northern Michigan University alumnus/na and a Michigan resident.

    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.

    Veterans or those currently serving in the Armed Forces and their covered individuals:  Qualify for Michigan resident tuition rates with documentation of status.

    ROTC Scholarships:  For information go to nmu.edu/ROTC.

    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.