CEW Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $11,000
Awards Available: 70

CEW+ scholarships are now open for graduate and undergraduate students on U-M’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses. Eligible applicants include students with caregiving responsibilities, those returning to school after an interruption in their education, or students pursuing a STEM degree and actively involved in a Sponsored Student organization (SSO) that supports gender diversity in STEM. The current cycle of CEW+ Scholarship funding will support tuition and living expenses for scholars during the 2024-2025 school year. Click the link below to read more about scholarship eligibility criteria and to apply. Application Deadline: May 7, 2024.


To qualify for a CEW+ Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. CEW+ Scholarship applicants must be enrolled at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Flint, or Dearborn campuses) during the year for which the scholarship is awarded, and
  2. Applicants must meet 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* OR
  • Working to complete a STEM degree and actively engaged in a Sponsored Student Organization (SSO) that supports gender diversity in STEM.**

Graduate Students

  • A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR
  • Primary Caregiver* OR
  • Working to complete a STEM degree and actively engaged in a Sponsored Student Organization (SSO) that supports gender diversity in STEM.**

*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.

**Working towards a STEM degree:

  • In order to qualify under this criterion, one of your letters of recommendation must be written by an executive board, staff, or faculty leader from the SSO that supports gender diversity in STEM to which you belong.
  • For a list of approved fields for STEM degree eligibility, please review this document.

In addition to these criteria, preference will be given to students who are underrepresented at the University of Michigan; for example, students coming from a single-parent home, veterans, undergraduate students who currently qualify for a federal PELL grant, and first-generation students (no parent has completed a bachelor’s degree).  To be considered for more than the minimum award ($1,000), both graduate and undergraduate applicants must submit a complete Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Office of Financial Aid by March 31, 2024, if they are eligible to do so.


  • Students who are ineligible to complete a FAFSA can indicate this in the application and will be notified of an alternate process to gather comparable information.
  • Students can only be identified as a CEW+ Scholarship recipient one time. If you have received a CEW+ Scholarship in a previous year, you may be eligible to apply for a fellowship (note: fellowships have their own specific eligibility requirements, listed here).
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