The CEW Scholarships and Fellowship


SCHOLARSHIPS 


The application process for academic year 2017-18 is now closed.

Applications for academic year 2018-19 will be available in winter 2018.

Information is provided below to help you prepare to submit an application.

Check eligibility criteria before you begin the process.


OVERVIEW

The CEW Scholarship Program, which today serves women and nontraditional students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, organizations, clubs, and foundations, CEW has awarded over 1,600 scholarships since 1970. CEW Scholarship Awards are invaluable they often mean the difference between completing a degree or not doing so, for many students at the University of Michigan. Due to the generosity of donors, CEW was able to expand the program in 2008 to include additional scholarships for students of all genders.

Questions? Contact Erin Lane or Doreen Murasky at cew-scholarships@umich.edu or (734) 764-6360.
 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1) CEW Scholarship applicants must be attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Flint, or Dearborn campuses) during the year for which the scholarship is awarded and 2) Must have at least one (1) of the criteria listed below:

Undergraduates

  • A minimum two-year (24 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school  OR
  • Primary Caregiver*

Graduate Students

  • A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school  OR
  • Primary Caregiver*

*Primary Caregiver definition:

  • Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.

  • Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.  
 

In addition to these criteria, preference will be given to undergraduate students who currently qualify for a federal PELL grant, and undergraduate and graduate students who are first generation students (no parent has completed a bachelor's degree). 

Questions? Contact Erin Lane or Doreen Murasky at cew-scholarships@umich.edu or (734) 764-6360.

2018-19 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The CEW Application will be available online through M-Compass on or before February 1 and will be open for one month. If you would like to be notified by email when the application goes live, please complete this form. In the meantime, below is information that will allow you to start working on your application now.

Summary of required information needed to complete a CEW Scholarship application:

  • Demographic information, including a current transcript (Fall 2017 if enrolled)
  • Essays
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

The worksheet below will allow you to begin working on your scholarship application. When it opens, you can cut and paste your essay responses directly into the application questionnaire.

Explanation of Primary Caregiving and/or Educational Interruption
In 250 words or less tell us the nature of the relationship with the individual(s) you provide care for and briefly list your caregiving responsibilities, and/or tell us what lead to the interruption in your education, how many consecutive months you were not enrolled or earning academic credit, and what you did during that time. Note: if you are applying based on the interruption in your education criteria you will need to specify the months and years your education was interrupted and transcripts that verify the interruption (e.g. 01/2013-09/2018).

Personal Statement - Determination
How have your life circumstances, experiences, and/or challenges shaped your educational/career path? Describe how you have exemplified persistence in pursuing your goals. (Max. 350 words)

Personal Statement - Potential Impact
What is your vision for success and plan for achieving your goals? How will you make an impact with the degree that you are pursuing at the personal, community, and/or global levels? (Max. 350 words)

Financial Information
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. However, to determine the amount of your award, we need information about your financial needs and how you expect to meet them in the next academic year. Briefly provide as much information about your past, present, and future financial situation as you feel is important for us to know in determining the amount of your award.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for this application. You will be asked to provide recommenders’ names and contact information, and complete the electronic request forms to be sent as automated emails. Recommenders will be prompted to follow a link in the email and write their recommendation directly on the form. Recommenders that are familiar with your academic record and career aspirations are in the best position to write on your behalf. At least one academic recommender is strongly suggested.

It is best to secure recommenders early and let them know the general timeline required for their letter. Strong references letters typically include:

  • The length and capacity that the recommender has known the applicant.
  • The committee reviewing applications welcomes comments about the applicant’s strengths, academic and professional achievements, the ability to persevere and succeed in their plans for university work, and their potential for impact in their chosen field. (A forthright appraisal of the candidate is most helpful)
  • Biographical information and academic transcripts have already been submitted – focus on what the committee might not already know

AWARDS

Approximately 45 scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, with some larger scholarship awards given.  
 

Scholarships Offered

 

Gail Allen Scholarship
AAUW Scholarship

AAUW: Mary Elizabeth Bittman Memorial Scholarship

Christine Kahan Black Scholarship
Jane and Bill Bloom Scholarship
Margaret Dusseau Brevoort Scholarship

Ruth Jeanette Buttrey Scholarship

CEW Graduate Scholarship
Amy and Lawrence Cho Scholarship
Collegiate Sorosis Foundation Scholarship

Lucile B. Conger Alumnae Group Scholarship

Molly H. Dobson Scholarships

Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Dusseau Scholarship
Janice Geddes Scholarship
Margaret E, Gnegy Scholarship
Beth Halloran Scholarship

Joan Ireland Scholarship

Beatrice Kahn Scholarship

Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship

Sarah Winans Newman Scholarship

Aline Underhill Orten Foundation Scholarship

Retirement Income Solutions, Inc. Scholarship
Linda J. Rider Scholarship

Helen Huff Shell Scholarship

Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarships

Irma M. Wyman Scholarships    


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click here for the CEW Scholarship Program FAQ


 


FELLOWSHIP

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is by nomination only.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship application for Academic Year 2017-18 is now closed. The 2018-19 Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship application will be available toward the end of Fall 2017 semester.

OVERVIEW

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for nominated women graduate students in a humanities or social science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) or an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component is taught by faculty from a department of LSA. If enrolled in a dual degree program, the nomination must come from the LSA department. The Fellowship is intended as an award of high distinction and is presented to women held in the highest esteem by their faculty. It is provided through an endowment established by the late Margaret Earhart Smith in recognition of her friend, Ms. Raphael, who, by personality and action, “evoked power in people above and beyond their ordinary capacity.” The intent of the donor is that the Fellowship provide for tuition and essential living expenses without sacrifice of the fellow’s time, such as through employment. The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

1) Women graduate students in a social science or humanities PhD program within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts or in an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component of the program is taught by faculty from a department of LSA. The nomination needs to come from a department of LSA. Each department is invited to submit one nomination.

2) Enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

3) Have completed at least four semesters at the University at the time of application.
a. We urge departments to nominate a student who has reached candidacy. While pre-candidates may be selected in exceptional circumstances, it is unusual for pre-candidates to demonstrate the level of distinguished scholarship the Fellowship requires.

4) Must have at least one of the criteria listed below:

  • A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR
  • Primary Caregiver*

*Primary Caregiver definition:

  • Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.

  • Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year. 


• Evidence of academic excellence and capacity for intellectual growth
• Clarity of scholarly and professional goals
• Potential to make an exceptional contribution (broadly defined) to society
• Demonstrated financial need

This fellowship is supported by the Mary Malcomson Raphael Fund. The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need in collaboration with the recipient, the nominating department and the Office of Financial Aid. More than one fellowship may be awarded.

Awards will be announced June 2017.


NOMINATION/APPLICATION PROCEDURE

• The LSA department will identify and notify the student being nominated. A faculty member in the department needs to be designated as the nominator.
• The nominee will navigate to the CEW: Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship application on M-Compass (found under the “Funding” tab in the main page)
• The nominee will complete the Application Questionnaire and Financial Information Questionnaire, submit a request for a letter of nomination from the designated LSA nominator, and submit a request for 2 additional letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with their scholarly work.

o The letter of nomination should address the Fellowship Selection Criteria AND a statement of what financial support the department anticipates providing the nominee for the upcoming academic year and beyond (if applicable).
o The letters of recommendation can be more general.

• Once all requirements are met and all documents are uploaded, the nominee can click the “Submit Application” button at the top of the Program Application Page.

Questions? Contact Erin Lane or Doreen Murasky at cew-scholarships@umich.edu or (734) 764-6360.

 


Donating to CEW Scholarships and to the CEW Scholarship Program

If you are interested in starting a named CEW Scholarship, or supporting our Scholarship Program endowment, contact Charlotte Myers, Gift Officer, at (734) 764-7258 or email at charlomy@umich.edu. You may also donate online here.