Create Your Success Scholarship and Program
You know it takes hard work and motivation to create success. Michigan Tech wants to help—financially and academically. The Create Your Success Scholarship and Program offers extraordinary academic support, guidance, and encouragement to students in a collaborative setting through the ExSEL Program (Excelling the Student Experience of Learning). The program includes the Frameworks for Success course—designed to help ease the transition from high school to college—weekly meetings with a student mentor, and one-to-one support with staff members dedicated to student success.
Award Value: Twelve to fifteen students will be awarded a $5,000 annual scholarship in addition to other Michigan Tech merit-based aid they may qualify for. Need-based aid is also available for qualifying students.
The essay question: Provide a response to the following essay question. You may submit a written response (about 300 words), or upload a video response of you personally addressing the essay topic to ZeeMee—a free online service designed to help you bring your application to life.
The student community at Michigan Tech is inspired by five values: community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability, and tenacity. Read more about the values online, then share with us which one of these values you most identify with and how this value will aid you in creating your success as a student at Michigan Technological University.
Who Should Apply
High school seniors from the following schools, districts, and partnerships are encouraged to apply for the Create Your Success Scholarship and Program. Students must enroll at Michigan Tech in the fall following high school graduation.
- Baldwin High School (MI)
- Beecher High School (Flint, MI)
- Belleville High School (MI)
- Chicago Public Selective Enrollment High Schools (IL)
- Chicago Scholars Onsite Admissions Forum participants (IL)
- College Decision Day participants (Detroit, MI)
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (MN)
- Detroit Cristo Rey (MI)
- Detroit EAA Public Schools (MI)
- Detroit Edison Public School Academy (MI)
- Detroit Public Schools (MI)
- Experiencia Preparatory Academy (Detroit, MI)
- Hart High School (MI)
- Hmong College Prep Academy (MN)
- International Academy Of Flint (MI)
- Jackson Public Schools (MI)
- Kalamazoo Public Schools (MI)
- Noble Street Charter High Schools (Chicago, IL)
- Northwestern High School (Flint, MI)
- Rufus King International School (Milwaukee, WI)
- Shelby High School (MI)
- Southwestern Academy (Flint, MI)
- St. Joan Antida (Milwaukee, WI)
- University Prep Science and Math (Detroit, MI)
- Walkerville High School (MI)
How to Apply
- Complete the free online application for admission.
- Complete the Create Your Success Scholarship and Program application form.
- We’ve partnered with ZeeMee to help you bring your application to life—it’s free and simple to use. You will need to provide your personal ZeeMee URL on the scholarship application form.
- To submit a video response, record your 1-3 minute video and upload it to the My Story section on ZeeMee.
- If you'd rather submit a written essay, create an activity section in ZeeMee and upload a PDF document there. A My Story video is not required if you submit a written essay.
- Feel free to share other information on your ZeeMee profile—we’re excited to get to know you!
Application Deadline and Other Important Dates
- December 20: Create Your Success Scholarship and Program Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (eastern time). You must also have an application for admission on file by this date.
- January 10: Award recipients and applicants are notified
What We Are Looking For
The scholarship committee is interested in getting to know you. Students will be evaluated not only on the experience shared through the essay response, but in how the information in conveyed.
- Don't think about the answer we’re looking for—think about what you want to share with us.
- We want to get to know more about you and hear how you plan to create your success at Michigan Tech.
- If you plan to write your essay, we strongly encourage you use Word or a similar program and save your document in pdf format before uploading to your ZeeMee page.
- If you decide to submit a video response for your essay, feel free to use the video function from a smart phone or tablet, digital video camera, or other device.
- With these suggestions in mind, ensure that your essay is well written, free of errors, follows the instructions, and is submitted on time. The application system will close at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) on December 20—late submissions will not be accepted.
What Students Say
We could go on and on about the benefits the ExSEL Program has on student success, but would rather you hear it from students who went through the program.
"I learned essential studying skills. ExSEL provided a great foundation for beginning college and it allowed me to view my future years of college with a greater perspective. I became a part of a family that cares for one another and looks to help each other succeed in all we choose to do." —Matthew A.
"I didn't know what to expect from a university, let alone one 10 hours away from home and based on engineering and I thought ExSEL would help me with the transition. It did!" —Rebecca S.
"The ExSEL program introduced me to new people and taught me techniques to be successful in college." —Kristina R.
Additional Scholarship Details
See our Create Your Success Scholarship and Program page for additional details.
For more information, contact Joe Cooper, Director of Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-688-1885.