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Earning Merit Award
Recognizing the academic achievements obtained by students after they begin college is an important step in CMU’s mission to make higher education an attainable, accessible experience for students, according to John Marshall, Vice President for Student Services.


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Earn Merit Award & Michrina Scholarship

Recognizing the academic achievements obtained by students after they begin college is an important step in CMU’s mission to make higher education an attainable, accessible experience for students, according to John Marshall, Vice President for Student Services.

Students who have demonstrated impressive academic dedication during their time at Colorado Mesa have another reason to pat themselves on the back. Starting in the fall 2013 semester, CMU will offer an Earned Merit Award to students who did not qualify for a merit scholarship upon entering the university, but who have since completed 30 or more credit hours and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

“Providing earned scholarship aid to those students who have shown tremendous academic achievement here at CMU is simply the right thing to do,” Marshall said.

Qualifying students are entitled to up to $2,000 a year towards tuition and fees. To receive the full amount, a student must be seeking a degree and enrolled in at least 30 credit hours. The award will be prorated for students enrolled in fewer than 30 credit hours, and students must take at least six credit hours to qualify.

The scholarship is renewable each semester, assuming recipients maintain a 3.75 GPA. •

Michrina Scholarship

Barry Michrina, PhD, taught anthropology at Colorado Mesa for 22 years, as well as courses on religion and culture, world cultures, and ethnographic methods. The author of several books, he served as advisor to CMU’s Native American Student Council and won the Distinguished Faculty Award within his first 10 years as a faculty member. Michrina passed away in April 2012, and family, friends and former students have established a memorial fund in his name.

The Barry Michrina Memorial Fund will be used to award an annual $1,000 scholarship each spring to students, preferably of Native American ancestry with GPAs of 3.0 and above. It will also go toward the initiation of a lecture series on topics related to Michrina’s diverse interests. The first lecture is planned for November.

Donations to the fund may be sent through the Colorado Mesa University Foundation, care of the Barry Michrina Memorial Fund. •

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