The Spirit of the Future Scholarship program was established to help students in CMU charter public schools envision attending CMU as a real possibility, and to demonstrate that The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools is committed to making their vision a reality.
Central Michigan University and the Center share the goal of helping academically-qualified students who graduate from a CMU charter public school continue their academic journey at CMU. One way this is being achieved is by providing two annual scholarships
These two scholarship funds are: The Dr. Leonard E. and Louise A. Plachta Charter Public School Scholarship and The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools Scholarship.
Applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available in the fall.
Established in 2011 by Louise A. Plachta, this scholarship is to honor the memory of her late husband, Dr. Leonard E. Plachta, who served as president of Central Michigan University from 1992 - 2000. During his time at CMU, Dr. Plachta played an instrumental role in pioneering Michigan's charter school movement and was integral in CMU's authorization of the first charter school in the state in 1994. Today, CMU is one of the largest university authorizer of charter public schools in the nation.
Both Dr. and Mrs. Plachta were born and raised in the city of Detroit. In order to give back to the community from which they came and provide inspiration and support to charter high school graduates, the Dr. Leonard E. Plachta scholarship was established. The scholarship is offered annually to a student who is graduating from a Detroit charter school authorized by CMU and will be attending CMU full time after graduation, or is currently a full time student at CMU.
The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University is proud of the accomplishments of the students in the schools chartered by Central Michigan University. To support their continued success in their educational journey, the Center established a scholarship. This scholarship is for a high school graduate of a CMU-authorized charter public school to attend CMU.
The Selection Committee may choose to interview top candidates. Scholarships are contingent upon availability of funds.