Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Scholars

Tartan Scholars are the future leaders on our campus. Not only will you get early and direct access to the deans, faculty, and advisors from your college, but the leadership development component of Tartan Scholars will lay the foundation for you to become a leader among your classmates, a peer mentor for future Tartan Scholars, and a driver of change on our campus.

CMU will welcome its first cohort of Tartan Scholars in August 2019 with a weeklong pre-orientation program and continued support throughout the academic year. Tartan Scholars will get an early peek at life at Carnegie Mellon, meet some of their classmates, begin to build meaningful relationships with staff and faculty mentors, and learn about the academic and co-curricular landscape

The Tartan Scholars program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our incoming first-year students who are academically high-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds. Participation is by invitation only, and the cohort for this pilot year will be capped at 50 students. Personalized invitations with more information will be sent to eligible students in early May.

Tartan Scholars Mission

We believe in the transformative power of the CMU experience and in the university’s responsibility to ensure all students can benefit from this great institution and achieve their full potential. In order to create this opportunity for all students, we intentionally offer academic, financial, and social supports for students from low-income backgrounds proven to amplify their success skills, facilitate strong community and university bonds, and create a critical sense of belonging. Through data-driven, curricular and co-curricular experiences, the Tartan Scholars program designs seamless pathways for each student to explore, grow, and develop toward their future goals, ultimately impacting society in transformative ways.

If you have any questions about Tartan Scholars, please contact Lauren Warden-Rodgers at or 412-268-4787.