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Freshman Admission

Merit Scholarships

The scholarships listed on this page are for incoming freshmen only. Please contact the Office of Admission if you have any questions regarding these scholarships.

President’s Leadership Program (PLP)

The President’s Leadership Program is for high-achieving students who have shown a passion for engagement while in high school, and who demonstrate leadership potential. This program uniquely integrates the academic study of leadership, service learning and personal development.

Criteria: Enrolling PLP students have an average high school GPA of 4.0 and 1250 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or 1310 new SAT equivalent (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 27 ACT.

Scholarship: Renewable $1,000 - $10,000 residential scholarship, plus a study abroad scholarship.

How to Apply: Select “Yes” for PLP interest in the “Academics” section of the Common Application, submit the supplemental essay when prompted and schedule the required interview.

Preference is given to applicants who complete the required essays and interview by December 15. Those who meet the priority deadline will be notified via mail on February 1. The final deadline to apply and interview is February 15 with notification on April 1.

Honors Program

The Honors Program features stimulating interdisciplinary seminar courses and requires at least two Honors inquiries chosen from study abroad, independent research, civic engagement or internships. Honors students are also afforded more academic freedom, with seminar coursework satisfying liberal learning core requirements.

Criteria: Enrolling Honors students have an average high school GPA of 4.1 and 1280 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or 1340 new SAT equivalent (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 29 ACT.

Scholarship: Renewable $2,000 - $10,000 residential scholarship, plus a study abroad scholarship.

How to Apply: Select “Yes” for Honors interest in the “Academics” section of the Common Application, submit the supplemental essay when prompted and schedule the required interview.

Preference is given to applicants who complete the required essays and interview by December 15. Those who meet the priority deadline will be notified via mail on February 1. The final deadline to apply and interview is February 15 with notification on April 1.

Riverside Medical Group (RMG)

Chosen from among the top incoming Pre-Med Scholars, RMG Scholars are mentored by Riverside Health System physicians and gain clinical experiences through summer medical rotations, as well as other medical education activities.

Criteria: Minimum 3.75 cumulative high school GPA and 1250 SAT score (Critical Reading and Math) or 28 ACT cumulative score

Scholarship: $2,500 scholarship freshman year, renewable increase to $5,000 annually sophomore through senior year

How to Apply: After being offered admission to CNU, qualified applicants who selected pre-med as their intended field of study will be invited to submit an additional essay about their interest in studying medicine.

Rocovich Scholars

Rocovich Scholars are selected from students admitted to the President’s Leadership Program (PLP), who selected pre-med as their intended field of study and who meet the criteria below. Those who maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to apply and interview during their sophomore year for early admission to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Those admitted through early acceptance are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test.

Criteria: Admission to, and good standing in the PLP and one of the following: (1) a permanent resident of a rural or medically underserved area in Virginia or the surrounding Appalachian region; (2) low socioeconomic status background; or (3) an underrepresented minority. Minimum 1100 SAT score (Critical Reading and Math) or 26 ACT score.

Scholarship: Renewable $1,000-$5,000 residential scholarship, plus a study abroad stipend through PLP

How to Apply: Select pre-med as pre-professional academic track and “Yes” for PLP interest in the “Academics” section of the Common Application, submit the supplemental essay when prompted and schedule the required interview.

Ferguson Enterprises Performing Arts Scholarships

Ferguson Enterprises Performing Arts Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students based on special talent and potential demonstrated during audition performance.

Criteria: Extraordinary talent and ongoing commitment to artistic excellence, outstanding academic merit, dedication to service through the arts and an intent to major in music or theater

Scholarship: $2,500 or $5,000 renewable scholarship

How to Apply: Select an intended major in music or theater on the Common Application, and register for an audition through the Department of Music or the Department of Theater and Dance.

Bonner Service Scholars Program

The Bonner Service Scholars program is a four-year, developmental program that educates, equips and inspires students to engage our local community and beyond through a partnership with the national Bonner Foundation.

Criteria: Strongly demonstrated commitment to community engagement and civic involvement, affinity for working in teams, and high moral character

Scholarship: $1,200 annual stipend, plus $1,175 if AmeriCorps eligible

How to Apply: An online application goes live annually in March on the Bonner Service Scholars website.

Biotechnology and Management Program

The biotechnology and management program is for students admitted to the Honors Program who seek careers at the intersection of science and business. Students choose a major in the life sciences and complete a minor in business administration, with additional coursework and a focus on entrepreneurship and biotechnology. Students will also attend a focused speaker series and complete a biotech internship.

Criteria: Admission to the Honors Program with an intended major in a life science (biology, chemistry, neuroscience or physics) and minor in business. Minimum of 3.75 GPA and 1250 SAT score (including at least 600 math subscore) or 28 ACT score including at least 25 math subscore.

Scholarship: Renewable $5,000-$10,000 residential scholarship, plus a study abroad scholarship through the Honors Program

How to Apply: Select one of the life sciences as an intended major, “Yes” for Honors interest in the “Academics” section of the Common Application, submit the supplemental essay when prompted and schedule the required interview.


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