Jan. 31, 2002

Contact: Ward Mullens



YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University today pledged an additional $1 million in aid to help incoming freshmen offset the increasing costs of going to college.

"We are proud to announce a new program called Merit Plus," said Samuel Kirkpatrick, president of Eastern Michigan University. "This program will supplement the state Merit Award program, established by Governor Engler, but more importantly will help families reduce tuition costs. Eastern Michigan has always been committed to being a University of access. We want every qualified student who seeks a higher education to be able to pursue their dream. This program will help."

Eastern Michigan University, with its current enrollment of 24,500, awarded $8 million in gift aid for Fall 2001, said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. McAnuff said that a significant portion of the additional $1 million will be committed to the Merit Plus program. The remainder will be distributed through other gift aid programs.

"We want to begin distributing Merit Plus Awards notices as early as next week for those students who have been admitted to Eastern Michigan for fall 2002," said McAnuff. "We urge students to complete their applications as soon as possible, so they will not miss out on this important opportunity. " Applications are available on-line at

McAnuff said the Merit Plus Awards will be distributed on a sliding scale based on a student's grade point average. "This is an exciting program. It demonstrates the University's commitment to reinvest a significant portion of its resources to scholarships, and to enhance our partnership with state government," said McAnuff.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on site continuing education classes and on-line courses. More than $75 million in financial aid was awarded to EMU students in 2001. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,500 students from around the world, and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs. Students interested in this or other programs at Eastern Michigan can call 1.800.GO-TO-EMU