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The CEW Scholarships and Fellowships Program
Please Note: Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-June.
The deadline for the CEW Scholarship Application for Academic Year 2016-17 has passed. The application for Academic Year 2017-18 will be posted in December.
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 on the Ann Arbor campus.
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 email@example.com. You may also donate online here.
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:
- A minimum two-year (24 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR
- Primary Caregiver*
- 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.
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Approximately 40 scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, with some larger scholarship awards given.
Gail Allen Scholarship
AAUW: Mary Elizabeth Bittman Memorial Scholarship
Christine Kahan Black Scholarship J
ane and Bill Bloom Scholarship
Margaret Dusseau Brevoort Scholarship
Ruth Jeanette Buttrey Scholarship
CEW Graduate Scholarship
Collegiate Sorosis Foundation Scholarship
Lucile B. Conger Alumnae Group Scholarship
Molly H. Dobson Scholarships
Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Dusseau 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
Faculty Women's Club Scholarship
Irma M. Wyman Scholarships
Two CEW fellowship programs offer funding to U-M graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus:
Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship
The 2016-2017 Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship application is now closed. The deadline was February 1, 2016.
The Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship offers multiple grants up to $6,500 each for graduate students, on the Ann Arbor campus, who are not international students and are pursuing research, field work, cultural experience, or other study relevant to their graduate degree, including the language of the country being visited. Preference is given to studies related to public health, health care, or environmental work and to students seeking funds in addition to this source.
An application requires:
- Proof of IRB approval for the project (if relevant for the nature of the research)
- An updated curriculum vitae
- A proposal of not more than 750 words describing the applicant’s reasons for planning to study or conduct research in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China and Japan) as well as the objectives and methods of any planned research project • Project budget itemizing all costs and showing how the Bailey funds would fit into the budget and how additional costs, if any, would be covered
- A current transcript
- An indication via the transcript or other means of having studied the language of the country the applicant intends to visit, if needed
- Two letters of recommendation requested online through the MCompass site.
The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship (by nomination only)
The 2016-2017 Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship application deadline has passed. The application for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be available in December, 2016.
The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for women graduate students in a humanities or social science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. 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. At least one Fellowship will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year and will be announced in June 2016.
Each LSA social sciences or humanities department is invited to submit one nomination.
Updated Eligibility Criteria
- 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 the LSA department.
- Enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Have completed at least four semesters at the University at the time of application.
- 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.
- Must have at least one of the criteria listed below:
- A minimum five-year (60 months) consecutive interruption in education at any time since high school OR
- Be a Primary Caregiver and anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year (September – August):
- 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. OR
- Lives in a separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation.
- 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 in June 2016.