CEW+ Scholarships

The CEW+ Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved 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.

Application: opens December 2018
early-March, 2019

To receive an email notification when the CEW+ Scholarship opens for the 2019-20 application cycle, please complete this form.

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:


  • 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 a 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).

Note: Students can only be identified as a CEW+ Scholarship recipient one-time. If you have received a CEW+ Scholarship in a previous year you can apply for a fellowship if eligible. You cannot receive a CEW+ Scholarship and Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship in the same academic year.

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

2018-2019 Application

The CEW+ Application will be available online through M-Compass on February 1 and will be open for approximately one month. Below is information that will allow you to start working on your application.

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

  • Demographic information, including a current transcript (Fall 2017 if enrolled)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:
    It is best to secure recommenders early and let them know the general timeline required for their letter. 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. 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
  • Essays:
    Once the scholarship application is available, you can paste your responses to the following prompts 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. In addition, if selected and you are applying for more than the minimum award, you will need to provide more detailed financial information when requested in spring.


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