If you’re a student who works hard toward academic success, you deserve to be recognized. At CMU, we’ll reward your efforts through our scholarship opportunities. Academic Scholarships are granted to qualified incoming undergraduate CLAS students based on their academic record, GPA and ACT scores.

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CLAS Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen Students: For both domestic and international students: academic scholarships vary from $4,000 to $12,000 and are based on cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Transfer Students: For both domestic and international students: academic scholarships are based on the number of transfer hours and the student's cumulative GPA.

Gulstad CLAS Transfer Scholarship: The undergraduate Gulstad CLAS Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students to transfer to and complete their bachelor's degrees at CMU in Fayette. Eligible students must be a current student at a CMU partnered community College,  a sophomore with anticipated graduation status, have a cumulative GPA of 2. 75 or better on a 4.0 scale, must present a letter of recommendation from the community college representative, and must meet the housing policy guidelines set forth in the CMU student handbook.

Eagle Select Scholarship Competition: The Eagle Select scholarship competition is a twice annual event for students in their senior year of high school that meet the invitation requirements. Students must meet a minimum of a 26 ACT score and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Upon acceptance, students may receive an invitation from the Office of Admissions to compete for scholarship awards up to full tuition (requires that students live on campus until graduation). The event is open to parents and families. It provides opportunities to see the campus and learn about financial aid, student services, and a variety of other helpful information.

Central's Got Talent Scholarship Competition: January 31, 2020. Central’s Got Talent is an annual event for students in their senior year. Two full-tuition scholarships will be awarded after competition. Also, we will award major scholarships to the top three winners in each category. Upon application/registration, students may receive an invitation from the Office of Admissions to compete for scholarship awards in one of five categories: vocal, instrumental, praise band, theatre, and theatre design. The event is open to parents and families. It provides opportunities to see the campus and learn about financial aid, student services, and a variety of other helpful information. Note: Full-tuition scholarship winners are required to live on campus.

United Methodist Half-Tuition Scholarship: To qualify for the United Methodist Scholarship, a student must be an active United Methodist Church member in good standing with his or her local church for at least one year, which must be verified by the pastor (United Methodist Certification Form). Check out the UMC website for other UMC scholarships.

Half-tuition scholarships will increase with the cost of tuition each academic year. Students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this award and must maintain a 2.0 to retain. The United Methodist award may not be combined with other CMU scholarships.

Valedictorian Scholarship: The Valedictorian Scholarship recognizes Missouri resident graduating high school seniors that have achieved Valedictorian status and made significant marks on the ACT examination. Students that are eligible may receive a renewable full tuition scholarship upon successfully completing this application and fulfilling the requirements to receive this award. More information and application.

Stackable Scholarships

Legacy Grant: Students who have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who has graduated from CMU may be eligible for a $1,000 grant. The Legacy Grant Form should be submitted for certification.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship available to transfer students that are a member of PTK. Students must maintain a 2.0 gpa.

Sibling Grant: Students who have a sibling currently enrolled at CMU may be eligible for a $1,000 grant.

Legacy and Sibling Grants may not be combined.

Participatory Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students participating in designated CMU activities. The scholarships vary in amount and require an audition, interview, or tryout with the appropriate activity director, coach, or faculty member. A student may combine only one participatory scholarship and academic scholarship. Varsity scholarships may not be combined with any other scholarship.

Participatory scholarships are available in athletic and non-athletic areas and are evaluated for each student individually on a yearly basis.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball - Men and Women
  • Cross-Country - Men and Women
  • Dance
  • eSports - Men and Women
  • Football
  • Soccer - Men and Women
  • Softball
  • Spirit Squad - Co-Ed
  • Track and Field - Men and Women
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling - Men and Women

CGES Scholarships

Gulstad Achievement Scholarship: The Gulstad Achievement Scholarship is for students who want to study at one of CMU’s extended sites or online. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be an associate's degree completer from a CMU partner community college, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. See a CMU site coordinator for details.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship

This need-based scholarship was established by the Missouri Department of Higher Education for students who are employed while attending school part-time.  A student must be enrolled at least half time, but less than full time (6-11 credit hours).  A student must also be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week, demonstrate a financial need, be a Missouri resident, and have not received a bachelor’s degree or completed 150 semester credit hours.  To apply, you must complete a FAFSA by August 1 each year and complete the Marguerite Ross Barnett Employment Verification Form.  The form must be returned to the Financial Aid office by fax 660-248-6288 or email (link Funds are limited, so it is recommended to apply early.



Conditions of Note

CMU academic scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate CLAS students on the basis of a student's academic record of GPA and ACT scores. CGES students are eligible for CGES-only scholarships and are not eligible for CLAS institutional scholarships.

The generosity of alumni, friends and churches allows Central the opportunity to offer aid to many of our students. These Hall of Sponsors and Endowed Scholarships underwrite most of the institutional scholarships that CMU awards. The institutional scholarship package that an incoming freshman or transfer student accepts prior to the beginning of the first school year with CMU is the scholarship that the student will receive for up to 10 semesters of matriculation at the University, provided that they maintain the appropriate GPA required for their scholarship. The exception to this statement is the amount of award a student can receive for participation in athletics or talent programs can be adjusted to reflect performance or participation.

Institutional aid may be reduced if assistance is received by third parties. CMU institutional scholarships are applied first towards tuition and mandatory fees, with third party assistance being applied for any remaining charges.

Students approved for off-campus living may only receive institutional awards totaling up to full tuition, general fees, up to $1,000 for books, and a meal plan, or $1,000 declining meal plan per semester.


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