Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program

The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program exemplifies a commitment partnership by Michigan's public universities to provide tuition scholarships in select Michigan school districts. The program offers a full tuition scholarship based upon the student's successful completion of a four-year college preparatory curriculum with a minimum B (3.0) average while in high school and a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT.  In order to participate, students and their parents must sign an agreement which states that the student will meet the performance standards of the program.

Who is Wade H. McCree, Jr.?

A former attorney, Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. was the first African American appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and later the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Judge McCree was the second African American Solicitor General in the history of the United States.  After a successful career in government, he became a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan where he taught until his death.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of the ninth grade in Detroit Public Schools.
  • Completion and return of a signed contract during the tenth grade.
  • 3.0 (B) or better grade point average at the high school level.
  • Recommendations by high school principal and counselor.
  • A score of 1 (Advanced) or 2 (Proficient) in reading and mathematics on the Michigan Educational
    Assessment Program (MEAP).
  • Attendance at the Fall orientation for parents and students as well as the induction ceremony.

Role of Eastern Michigan University

Once a student has committed to attending Eastern Michigan University and enrolls, the University's Office of Financial Aid administers the funds. The award will cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to four years or a maximum of 124 credit hours.

In addition, the Department of Academic Success Partnerships will:

  • Coordinate opportunities for service learning.
  • Provide a supportive learning environment.
  • Provide academic assistance.

Scholarship Renewal

To receive and renew the McCree Scholarship, students must:

  • Meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) required by all financial aid recipients.
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) each Fall and Winter semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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