Commitment scholarship students
High School Students

Information for high school students.

Commitment scholarship students in the NMC cafeteria
College Students

Information for college students.

Commitment scholarship students and their parents
Events & Activities

Information on annual events and other activities.

Commitment Scholarship Program

Since 1993, NMC has promised a college education to selected northern Michigan ninth graders who are first-generation students, show academic promise and potential, and have financial need. Like all commitments, the program works two ways:

NMC, with area high schools, commits to:

  • A continuous academic advisory program
  • On-campus and off-campus enrichment activities, including a weekend summer adventure, overnight stay at NMC, trips and cultural activities, and high school visits
  • A tuition scholarship to NMC for up to 60 credits and/or three years, whichever comes first
    • Immediately following high school graduation

The student, in partnership with the student's parents, commits to:

  • Regular participation in the program activities
  • Demonstration of good citizenship
  • Completion of high school course requirements and graduation with a minimum of a 2.50 grade point average
  • Submission of The Commitment Scholarship Agreement Contract

A history of success

  • Almost 1,500 students from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and other counties have taken part.
  • 91 percent have successfully completed the program requirements.
  • 80 percent of those who have completed overall, and 86 percent of those who have completed in the last two years, have gone on to attend college.
  • In 2013, NMC increased the number of students inducted into the scholarship program each year from 40 to 100. The first cohort of 100 will graduate in 2017.
  • Commitment scholars have held leadership positions in the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
  • Commitment scholars have successfully continued their education at many universities, including Central Michigan, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, and the University of Michigan.

Campus Maps

Commitment Questionnaire

Contact Us

For more information on the Commitment Scholarship program, contact Commitment Scholarship Coordinator Rorie Kawula at (231) 995-1022 or

Help fund the Commitment Scholarship Program

The NMC Commitment Scholarship Program is made possible by individual donors through the NMC Foundation, which provides an endowment for the tuition scholarships.

Many committed individuals have believed in the power of this program and made it the focus of their support for NMC.

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"You don't just give us the scholarship in the 8th grade and say good luck! You're with us every step of the way. You don't just help us set goals, you help us reach goals by keeping us focused on college. And here I am at NMC!"

Elk Rapids High School