Congratulations to the 2015-2016 CEW Scholars

CEW has granted over $350,000 in scholarships and fellowships to 53 nontraditional students at a luncheon ceremony on October 4th, as part of its annual Scholarship Program. Congratulations to our Scholars! This year’s awardees are, like their predecessors, extraordinary people and represent many different fields of study across the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn U-M campuses.

CEW’s Scholarship Program is the only University of Michigan scholarship program devoted to advancing the education and careers of students returning to school after an absence. Since 1970, CEW has awarded $5.8 million in scholarships to more than 1600 students. All CEW Scholarships are privately funded through generous donors. CEW has historically served women, but a number of scholarships are now open to both women and men. These fellowships and scholarships are awarded to students who have strong academic records, impressive past accomplishments and solid future goals.

In addition to providing financial support, the CEW Scholarship Program assists students in navigating the application, financial aid, and other University of Michigan processes. Nontraditional and returning students at an elite university require more than just money to thrive and succeed, and the CEW Scholarship Program is unique in its commitment to these students who often face challenges specific to their circumstances. Built into the program is validation of students’ goals, recognition of their accomplishments, and entry into a community of students in similar circumstances. Services such as career and education counseling, and emergency grants, are also available
through CEW.

CEW scholarship recipients demonstrate success in the academic sphere. When last measured (2000-2014), 92.3% of scholarship recipients completed or were still working on degrees. This is especially impressive given the extra challenges facing many nontraditional students.

The Scholarship Program also plays a vital role in supporting women of color at U-M. From 2010-2014, 31.8% of CEW scholarship recipients were women of color, while the current U-M population of women of color stands at 11.6%.

CEW’s Scholarship application process opens each fall; for the most current scholarship application requirements, see the Scholarship Section of our website or contact the Scholarship team at cew-scholarships.umich.edu

The CEW Scholarship Program was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education had been interrupted, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

In addition to the Scholarship Program, CEW provides career and educational counseling services to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

CEW thanks the incredibly generous donors that make the Scholarships possible. We also thank Deborah and Michael Tirico for underwriting the cost of the Scholarship Booklet given away at the Awards Ceremony, and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for defraying the cost of the Scholarship luncheon with a generous corporate sponsorship!


Enjoy the photos below. Scholars had a chance to meet with their sponsors before the event and all shared in a festive lunch and awards ceremony at the Michigan League on October 4th, 2015