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During these uncertain times, gifts to CEW+ ignite hope, inspire self-confidence, and change lives.

As we face this pandemic and resulting impacts, our thoughts are with you and your families. We also want you to know that CEW+ is providing our services virtually and evolving to meet the changing needs of our U-M students.

Our staff is here for our students as they deal with unprecedented disruptions to their academic journeys. It is clear that our students are going to need additional help with emergency medical and mental health services costs. Students are now remote learners, seeing their jobs eliminated or hours cut short and find themselves isolated from their traditional campus supports.

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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, CEW+ is able to continue providing valuable counseling services, critical emergency funding, pivotal scholarships, and thoughtful, personalized support.

The past 3 months have been incredibly stressful. As a first-generation, low-income student my decision to pursue higher education has always weighed heavily on me as my family doesn’t have the means to support me. With the current state of this pandemic, I have found myself trying my hardest to help my family out emotionally and financially as much as possible, but in doing so I have had to limit my own needs. This emergency grant will make a huge difference in providing me with food and other supplies for the next few months as I transition into the next stage of my education.”
– Jennifer, graduate student at the School of Public Health, CEW+ Emergency Fund Recipient   

CEW+ is proud to report how we have utilized our longstanding, trusting relationships with academic units to quickly advance a cross-campus, student-centered approach to COVID-related emergency funding.  This nimble, creative approach will serve the campus well beyond COVID-19 by putting students first during critical, vulnerable points in their academic career–where they are most at risk of dropping out.  Asking for help is hard, especially for underrepresented students; this process ensures that when students do ask for help they are treated with respect and due consideration to receive an appropriate level of financial support.  From March till May, CEW+ averaged $24,700 per week in disbursements which is an increase of 329% in comparison to CEW+’s normal weekly disbursement.

CEW+ has inspired the institution to flex to the changing demographics and needs of students since it was founded in 1964, first challenging why students returning to school were ineligible for scholarships and today building services and programs to enhance support for nontraditional, underrepresented students knowing that “rising tides lift all boats.” Core to CEW+ are educational and career counseling and financial support through scholarships, fellowships, and emergency grants. 

CEW+ needs partners willing to help ensure that our services continue without disruption. If you are able to help we ask you to consider the funds listed below:

During these uncertain times, grants like this really helps students who cannot
go home due to working in the frontlines. I am grateful and thankful for this fund.”
Joyce, School of Nursing, CEW+ Emergency Fund Recipient 

CEW+ Emergency Funds – 366859

Open to U-M graduate & undergraduate students, international or domestic, regardless of school or college affiliation. CEW+ provides career & education counseling and financial support to students with emergencies that threaten to derail progress to degree. A gift to the CEW+ emergency fund helps provide:

  • Funds for students who have lost wages or jobs they depend on to pay for their education and support themselves or their families
  • Technology for students who will not otherwise be able to complete their coursework
  • Immediate support for students facing housing challenges or food insecurity
  • Resources for students who need emergency medical and mental health services  

“In times of uncertainty, this gift has allowed me to ensure that any potential
burdens hindering my education are not obstacles to being successful at U-M.”
– LSA undergraduate student, CEW+ Emergency Fund Recipient 

CEW+ Annual Gift Fund – 310560

The annual fund is the most flexible way to support the work of CEW+ as it advances all aspects of CEW+, prioritized according to each year’s needs and opportunities.  Given the changes to our world during this pandemic, the annual fund will allow our director to focus resources keeping our critical services open and available to our students, staff, faculty, and community members.  

Potential Made Possible Scholarship Fund – 336078

In honor of the 50th anniversary of awarding scholarships, donors to CEW+ started the Potential Made Possible scholarship fund to celebrate the legacy of our community. Scholarships will be even more critical for the 2020-21 academic year as families and individuals struggle to meet the challenges of funding their education during these economically challenging times.

Community Counseling- 318234

Gifts to the community counseling program allow CEW+ to offer education and career counseling to all members of the community, free of charge. During these unprecedented times, counseling participants come to CEW+ seeking support as they prepare to return to school, start a job search, or navigate complicated life changes. In addition to helping participants access valuable resources and achieve their goals, CEW+ counselors validate participants’ experiences. As one counseling participant described: “I felt very relaxed and comfortable talking with the counselor because she made me feel that my voice is important.”

CEW+ Scholarship Program- 309097

Gifts to the CEW+ Scholarship Program support returning students and student caregivers at the University of Michigan. CEW+ scholarships and fellowships — averaging $6,600 per student — often provide the financial assistance and encouragement that these students need to complete their degrees. Furthermore, receiving a CEW+ scholarship means joining a vibrant and inspiring community of scholars, and during these challenging times our Scholars need community even more. In the words of one graduated scholarship recipient: “My scholarship was the wind in my sails. And it still is when I need it. CEW+ is a real community, and it stays with you.”

Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) Gifts – 328137
Gifts to this fund support WOCAP, a campus-wide faculty network at U-M, committed to highlighting the work of women of color scholars, promoting their development, creating a supportive and inclusive community, and advocating for institutional change.

Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) – 319494
Gifts to this fund support WCTF, a U-M staff organization that provides professional development, networking, and training opportunities for employees, with a focus on addressing the needs of women of color staff.

If you have questions or would like more information about giving to CEW+, please contact Alicia Marting at or call (734) 764-7258.