Freshmen Scholarships

While you may be eligible for more than one of the following scholarships, you can only receive one academic scholarship. Scholarships cover fall and winter semesters only (not summer). To learn about scholarship criteria for incoming first year students, visit our First Year Scholarship Opportunities page

Presidential Scholarship

Students must apply for the Presidential Scholarship to be considered. The top 21 students in the PSC receive $24,886 full-ride scholarship for a maximum of four years or 124 credits if they meet the renewal criteria. To keep this scholarship, you must enroll in 15 credits each semester, maintain a 3.5 GPA, meet SAP,* and live in EMU's residence halls all four years.

4WARD Graduation Scholarship

Available to incoming freshmen admitted Fall 2019 or later.

The 4WARD Graduation Scholarship offers a four-year graduation commitment. When you successfully complete 2 years at Eastern Michigan University, we will fund your full tuition for your remaining two years. To initially qualify, you need to have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

You pay for your first two consecutive years of tuition at a locked-in tuition rate of approximately $13,500 per year (30 credits). Then EMU will pay for 100% of your next two consecutive years of tuition (30 credits a year).

You’ll live in an on-campus community for each of the four years at a locked-in room & board rate of approximately $10,800 a year, which includes a standard double room and a standard meal plan.  To remain eligible, students must enroll in 30 credits per academic year, maintain a 2.0 EMU GPA, and meet SAP.* The benefits of the 4WARD scholarship are not extended into the summer semester.

Emerald Scholarship

This scholarship is based on GPA and U.S. citizenship. The amount varies and is renewable for four consecutive years if you meet the following criteria of enrolling in 12 hours each semester, maintaining a 2.75 EMU GPA, and meeting SAP.* 

Education First Opportunity Scholarship (EFOS)

This scholarship awards you $13,610 (Tuition minus Pell Grant = EFOS) for four years if you meet renewal criteria. To initially qualify, you need to have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Incoming freshmen admitted by February 1st who demonstrated Pell Grant eligibility are considered for this award.

To renew students must enroll in 12 or 15 credits each semester, maintain a 2.75 EMU GPA and meet SAP.* You also must file your FAFSA each year by April 1 and remain Pell Grant eligible. Specific details, including enrollment requirements, are provided in a welcome letter sent to all recipients prior to their first semester at EMU.

Residence Hall Award

Residence Hall Awards** apply to traditional residence halls only. Brown/Munson, Cornell, Westview, and 601 West Forest are not traditional residence halls and not eligible to use this funding.

National Scholars Program (NSP)

Awarded to students admitted prior to Fall 2018.

This scholarship awards $18,900 (difference between resident and non-resident tuition) for four years award (maximum 124 credit hours) if you meet renewal criteria. Initial criteria requires a 2.75 high school GPA, 20 ACT or 950 SAT or higher, and non-resident admission status. The renewal criteria requires you to enroll in 15 credits each semester, maintain a 2.75 EMU GPA , meet SAP,* and maintain non-resident status. The priority deadline June 1.

*SAP = Satisfactory Academic Progress: Requires you to earn passing grades in a minimum of 67% of the credit hours you take. Grades of F, W, I, N, NC or repeated classes are not "earned."

**If renewable, Residence Hall Awards require that students are meeting the renewal criteria (including minimum 2.75 GPA and SAP) for their university scholarship. Log into my.emich.edu to view scholarship requirements.

 

Are you a current or returning student looking for scholarship information? Go to our main scholarships page to find our scholarship database and listing of departmental scholarships.  

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