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Through generous donations from the community, North Central makes available a variety of scholarships. Our Scholarship Committee is dedicated to assessing the qualifications of students seeking scholarship funding. 

Types of scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

North Central awards a number of endowment scholarships and scholarships contributed by annual donors.

Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 will be accepted during three cycles.  Applications are available only during the dates shown.

  • Cycle 1: Open February 1—April 15
    • For Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 awards
    • Students awarded Cycle 1 scholarship funds do not need to apply during Cycle 2 or 3.

  • Cycle 2: Open June 15—August 14
    • For Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 awards
    • Students awarded Cycle 2 scholarship funds do not need to apply during Cycle 3.

  • Cycle 3: Open October 1—November 30
    • For Winter 2022 awards only

  • Can be full-time or part-time depending upon the scholarship awarded.
  • Be registered for 3 or more credits.
  • Many scholarships have a need component; therefore, it is highly recommended students complete the FAFSA.
  • Preference given to students with a 2.0 or better grade point average, some scholarships require a grade point average higher than 2.0.
  • Recipients must continue to meet the criteria for the scholarship awarded.
  • Students who have the classification of Guest, Dual Enrolled, Early College, Non-degree Seeking or Personal Interest are ineligible for North Central scholarships.
  • At the end of each open period, any student applications not awarded will be inactive.
  • Students who were not awarded will need to complete another application when the next open period occurs.

Apply for a Foundation Scholarship

To be eligible for any Foundation scholarship(s), students must first complete our one-page scholarship application.

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“The Presidential Scholarship helped me pay for classes during my first two years of college, which was huge. My family and I were both amazed and very proud. I cannot wait to see what my future holds at North Central.”

—Faith Mason

Presidential Scholarships

The Presidential Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from each of our service area high schools and to one graduating senior from home-schooled students within our service area.  The scholarship provides full tuition and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters immediately following high school graduation. 

Presidential Scholarship selection criteria

Choose a student type below to see specific scholarship selection criteria.

To be considered for a high school Presidential Scholarship, a student shall:

  1. Complete an online Application for Admission to North Central by April 1 of their graduation year,
  2. Be a valedictorian, salutatorian, or have a 3.5 overall high school grade point average,
  3. Be nominated by the high school, which includes:
    • A letter from the candidate's high school principal,
    • A high school transcript complete through the nominee's seventh semester, and
    • ACT/SAT scores (Test scores as of the deadline date will be used to determine the candidate's eligibility
      • Qualifying ACT/SAT scores:
        • ACT score of 18 or above in English and a Reading score of 21 or above;
        • SAT (test prior to April 2016) score of 430 or above in English and a score of 450 or above in Reading;
        • SAT (test starting April 2016) two-digit score of 25 or above in both English and Reading;
        • SAT (test starting April 2016) three-digit score of 500 or above in English/Reading/Writing (ERW)

Please send all nomination documents to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

To be considered for a home-school Presidential Scholarship, a student shall:

  1. Complete an online Application for Admission to North Central by April 1 of their graduation year.
  2. Have a minimum 3.5 overall high school grade point average (include a high school transcript complete through the nominee’s seventh semester).
  3. Submit a recommendation letter that addresses their academic potential and leadership qualities.
  4. Submit a statement that addresses academic and career goals and how North Central will help to meet those goals.
  5. Submit ACT/SAT scores. Below are the qualifying scores:
    • ACT score of 18 or above in English and a Reading score of 21 or above;
    • SAT (test prior to April 2016) score of 430 or above in English and a score of 450 or above in Reading;
    • SAT (test starting April 2016) two-digit score of 25 or above in both English and Reading:
    • SAT (test starting April 2016) three-digit score of 500 or above in English/Reading/Writing (ERW).

Please send all nomination documents to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Presidential Scholarship requirements and benefits

Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 20 contact hours per semester), and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. The scholarship will be subject to the additional following conditions:

Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 20 contact hours per semester), and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. The scholarship will be subject to the additional following conditions:

  1. Scholarship recipients must register for the Fall semester immediately following their spring high school graduation.
  2. Scholarship recipients are required to attend a retreat at North Central's Petoskey campus at the end of August, including a reception for scholarship recipients and their families.
  3. Recipients must meet with a designated academic advisor each semester they are enrolled at North Central.
  4. Recipients must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours, which count toward graduation.  Courses must be taken for credit, not audit status.
  5. Scholarships may be renewed for three consecutive semesters beyond the first award provided a 3.0 minimum term GPA is maintained each semester and 75% of credit hours successfully completed.
  6. Recipients must observe published College behavioral standards.
  7. Scholarships are for North Central Michigan College only and not transferable.
  8. In the event the recipient is also eligible to receive additional tuition awards or waivers (TIP, MITW, Michigan Competitive Scholarship), the student may choose to utilize those resources and use the Presidential Scholarship for: room/board (if applicable) and /or books and supplies from the College Store, the amount will not exceed the equivalent cost of 20 contact hours per semester. No refunds will be given.
  9. Scholarship recipients must become involved in a leadership program as provided by North Central.