Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
CMU offers scholarships, bursaries and other awards which reward past academic achievement, encourage future scholarship and provide financial assistance. A Scholarship is a monetary award made on the basis of academic achievement. Some scholarships may also include consideration of school and community activities, qualities of leadership or other criteria, but generally not financial need.
Students entering CMU Main Campus directly from high school, or students who have completed no more than nine credit hours at another post-secondary institution may be eligible for an Academic Entrance Scholarship and/or a Merit Award or a Leadership Scholarship.
For business students registering for September 2013, all Year One, Continuing, and Transfer students may be eligible to receive up to $7,000 in Redekop School of Business Awards during four years of business studies at CMU. Learn about our Redekop School of Business Awards.
Once at CMU you may apply for a Bursary. A Bursary is a monetary award made on the basis of financial need. Some bursaries may also include consideration of academic achievement, school and community activities, qualities of leadership or other criteria.
At CMU we give out more than $200,000 in scholarships each year—over half of students receive scholarships or bursaries. Full-time students who apply before February 28 automatically qualify for academic entrance awards based on high school marks:
From 95% - 100%
From 90% - 94.9% $1,500
From 85% - 89.9% $1,000
From 80% - 84.9% $750
Academic entrance awards are also given to transfer students (those who have attended other colleges or universities). Entrance Scholarships are also offered for those gifted in the areas of leadership, church service, music and athletics. Application deadline for these awards is February 28.
- Academic Entrance Scholarships
- Leadership Entrance Scholarships
- Leadership Aptitude Awards
- Merit Awards
- Program Merit Awards
- Music Merit Awards
- Athletic Merit Awards
- Returning Student Scholarships
- Outtatown Leadership Scholarship
Academic Entrance Scholarships are given to full-time students on the basis of academic achievement in high school. No application for these scholarships is necessary. The scholarships are available to Canadian or US citizens (in Canadian funds). Normally, scholarships are applied to the student's tuition fees in two equal instalments (September and January.)
Leadership and Academic Entrance Scholarships are available only to first-year students entering CMU Main Campus who have completed high school within the previous five years but have completed no more than nine credit hours at another post-secondary institution.
Students whose application material (application form, relevant official transcript, application fee) has been received by February 28 will receive scholarships as follows:
From 95% - 100%
From 90% - 94.9% $1,500
From 85% - 89.9% $1,000
From 80% - 84.9% $750
- The percentage will be calculated on the basis of the top five approved courses taken in Senior 3 or Grade 11. At least three of the five courses must be academic courses. Of the four academic courses, at least one must be an English course.
- * Students who are awarded an Academic Entrance Scholarship based on Senior 3 or grade 11 marks must successfully complete high school and meet CMU entrance requirements on approved Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses. If the average percentage calculated on grade 12 or Senior 4 marks used to meet entrance requirements is higher than the average calculated on grade 11 or Senior 3 marks, the award will be revised upward, if it is lower, the award will be revised downward.
- An average percentage on marks of approved Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses used to meet CMU admission requirements will be used to assess scholarship eligibility for students who have already completed grade 12 when they apply to CMU.
The following applies to all Entrance Scholarships:
- It will be possible to defer your scholarship as long as you still meet the Academic Entrance Scholarship requirements (i.e. you have not been out of High School for than five years, you have not completed more than nine credit hours at another post-secondary institution).
- Students who have completed the Outtatown program are eligible for Academic Entrance and Leadership Scholarships, provided that they are not transferring more than the eighteen credit hours from the Outtatown program. Calculations for Academic Entrance Scholarships for Outtatown graduates will be based on their Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses.
- The full amount of each Academic Entrance Scholarship will be awarded, provided the recipient is registered at CMU for twelve or more credit hours of courses per term. Students registered for less than twelve credit hours per term are not considered full-time students for scholarship purposes and as such are not eligible to receive any Entrance Scholarship. (For the purposes of calculation, courses registered by the student at another university will not be included in this calculation of credit hours unless the student demonstrates successfully that the courses are required for their program.)
- Students who plan to begin their CMU studies in January and whose application materials have been received before November 30 are eligible for academic entrance scholarships. Students whose average percentage on five Senior 4 (Grade 12) final marks for approved courses is 80% or higher will receive the following scholarships:
95% - 100% $2,000
90% - 94.9% $1,500
85% - 89.9% $1,000
80% - 84.9% $750
- The award will be given to the students during two consecutive semesters and divided equally for each semester.
CMU annually grants four Leadership Entrance Scholarships of $4,000 to students who demonstrate significant leadership ability, academic excellence, personal character, service and vision. These scholarships are available to full-time students entering CMU main campus who have completed high school within the previous five years, and who have completed no more than nine credit hours of post-secondary education.
Students must include a 1,000-word essay and describe a leader who inspired them, what they learned from that leader and the qualities they want to emulate. Describe your most meaningful leadership achievements. What inspires and motivates you to lead, achieve, and serve others. How does your faith relate to what you do? Finally, reflect on qualities of leadership that they want to develop at CMU/Outtatown and beyond. A personal resume and two letters of nomination must also be submitted with the application. The above materials plus application materials (application form, relevant official transcript, application fee) must be received by February 28 in order to be eligible.
Note: Students who receive a Leadership Entrance Scholarship are not eligible to receive Merit Awards or Academic Entrance Scholarships.
The Leadership Scholarships are renewable to an amount of $2,000 per year for up to an additional three years, provided that the students maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and submit a 2,000-word essay by April 30 articulating new insights on leadership, summarizing how they have given leadership at CMU in the past year and articulate how they plan to be leaders in the coming years.
Each year six students who apply for but do not receive the Leadership Award will be chosen to receive a one-time Leadership Aptitude Award worth $750.
For these awards to continue, students must show the same level of commitment that the original award expects and reapply for it by April 30.
Go to Program Service Merit Awards application and nomination forms
Each year CMU recognizes students gifted in music by offering six $750 Merit Awards on the basis of musical ability. Students applying for these scholarships must submit a letter of nomination from a music instructor and an audition tape. It is expected that students receiving the Music Entrance Merit Award will participate in music activities at CMU. These Merit Awards are renewable for 3 additional years.Go to Music Merit Awards application and nomination forms
CMU recognizes students gifted in athletics by offering six $750 Merit Awards on the basis of athletic ability. Students who would like to be considered for these Merit Awards must submit a letter of nomination from a coach or physical education instructor and a video of a recent game. It is expected that students receiving the Athletic Entrance Merit Award will participate in sports activities at CMU and maintain a GPA of 2.5. These Merit Awards are renewable for 3 additional years.Go to Athletic Merit Awards application and nomination forms
Returning student scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic year and are based primarily on academic performance. Scholarship funds are applied towards the student's account for the following academic year. Returning students who maintain a grade point average of 3.8 or higher will receive a $1,000 scholarship. No application is necessary.
Outtatown is CMU’s eight-month Christian discipleship school for high school graduates ages 17–22. Each year CMU gives five Outtatown Leadership Scholarships valued at $1,000 to students who demonstrate significant leadership ability, academic excellence, personal character, service and vision. Along with an application form and two letters of nomination, students must submit a resume detailing their personal goals for life and education, describing a leader who inspired them, what they learned from that leader and the qualities they want to emulate. Students should describe their most meaningful leadership achievements as well as reflect on qualities of leadership that they want to develop at CMU/Outtatown and beyond. These forms must be submitted by February 28. Please download the Leadership Application Form and Nomination for Leadership Award Form for more information.Go to Outtatown scholarship application and nomination forms
- Redekop School of Business Award Forms
- Program Merit Award Application Form
- Athletic Merit Award Application Form
- Music Merit Award Application Form
- Leadership Application Form (Shaftesbury Campus)
- Leadership Application Form (Outtatown Campus)
- Program Merit Award Nomination Form
- Leadership Award Nomination Form (Shaftesbury Campus)
- Leadership Award Nomination Form (Outtatown Campus)
- Redekop School of Business Merit Nomination Form