Laker Distinction Award - Excellence in Academics, Leadership, Service and Character

Eight Full-Ride Scholarships for Exceptional High School Students

Four of each of the following full-ride scholarships are awarded each year, based on a competitive selection process, to students who show academic excellence, leadership, service, and character.

Laker Distinction, President's All tuition and fees at Mid Michigan College for up to 62* attempted credit hours. This scholarship is renewable for a second year, provided the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA (including any dual enrolled classes completed, if applicable) their first complete academic year at Mid. The eligible time frame for receiving free tuition begins the spring semester after the recipient graduates from high school; it elapses two spring semesters thereafter. The Laker Distinction President's Scholarship also provides a $500 books and supplies stipend for every fall and winter semester of eligibility, this stipend must be used at one of Mid's Bookstores.

Laker Distinction All tuition and fees at Mid Michigan College for up to 31* attempted credit hours. It is non-renewable and must be used during the academic year immediately following the recipient's high school graduation.

*Tuition and fees at the in-state tuition rate for the enrollment year. Both in and out-district students receive all tuition and fees covered fully for one or two years, depending on the LDS Scholarship they receive. Award is not applicable for fees and other expenses related to study abroad. Award may be used toward the classroom tuition related to a study abroad experience.

Eligibility Graduating Michigan high school seniors with cumulative GPA's of 3.5 or above. Early College students are not eligible.

Application and Selection:

Applicants will participate in a selective process that involves attending an event in late October or early November. Finalists will then be notified, and participate in another round of competition in February. Seats are very limited, and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.


RSVP to participate in the first round of application.

The applicant and one guest may attend the event. Seats are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are encouraged to RSVP as early as possible. The 2018 contest will begin with the first round competition on NOVEMBER 10th at 11:00 AM. The event will occur on Mid's Mt. Pleasant campus. Participants must RSVP ahead of time.

RSVP by clicking here.


Complete and Submit the Enhanced Resume. This enhanced resume will be scored by Mid judges, so make sure you are detailed and grammatically correct. This document needs to be completed before November 10, 2018.

Access the RESUME FORM HERE (form will open in a new tab).


Create and Submit a Project: Applicants will submit an original project that conveys this message: “I have something distinct to contribute to Mid Michigan College.”

Submissions should be brief and should capture and convey the individual qualities of the applicant that best reflect his/her character and attributes.

Submission Criteria: The selection committee understands that each student differs in how they best express themselves, and we would like to encourage freedom within their submissions. Submissions might include:

  • Audio/Video responses that can be creative or direct responses (2 minutes or less).*
  • Slideshows, powerpoints, or other digital media projects (2 minutes or less).*
  • Visual Art: original drawings, collages, paintings, graphic design pieces, photography, construction or sculpture, etc. Limit submissions to one or two visual pieces.*
  • Written responses that can be creative or direct essay responses (1500 words or less).
  • Other—if you have another idea about what you would like to submit outside of this list, please contact admissions at or (989) 386-6661 and the selection panel will review your concept.

*Feel free to include a short description or explanation about why/how your submission responds to the prompt "I have something distinct to contribute to Mid" if you feel it would be beneficial.

Submissions Deadline: You can submit your project as soon as it's complete. Simply drop it off at either Mid campus (Harrison or Mt. Pleasant) Admissions office. You can also email your final project to the email listed above. Should you not hand it in early, ALL submissions are due on competition day. Please bring them with you to the competition.


Attend the First Selection Event and complete the scholarship application in person. The event will include lunch, information about these and other scholarships, college presenters, and tours. Attendance is required to move forward in the selection process. On rare, limited occasions, Mid may allow a student to compete on a different day. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis and is reserved for extreme situations. Please contact the Admissions department if a student is unable to compete on the first round of competition scheduled day:


Final Selection will be based on a second visit to Mid in February. A limited number of scholarship Finalists will be invited to this event, where they will complete the final portions of application.


Contact admissions at or call (989) 386-6661

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