Scholarships and Grants  

Thanks to the generosity of individual and organizational donors, the University of Michigan system offers various scholarship and grant opportunities that are specifically for women, students returning to college, and students who are low income and find themselves in an emergency situation. Click the tabs below to learn about eligibility, awards, and application process of each scholarship and grant.  

The WEC also holds workshops on how to prepare excellent scholarship applications. See our events page for more information about upcoming workshops. 

 

Women's Independence Scholarship Program Inc. (WISP, Inc.)

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999 and for 8 years provided scholarships to women survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a “sister” organization with a mission to enhance efforts to end domestic violence by offering access to higher education.

WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.

WISP website

Scholarships for Returning Students

Thanks to the generosity of our private and organizational donors, the University of Michigan-Flint annually offers scholarships for students who have had an interruption in their education and/or students with children.  Below is a description of these scholarships.  Please see the Office of Financial Aid scholarship page for more information on how to apply and when applications are available:  www.umflint.edu/finaid/scholarship.htm.

Flint Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship

Established in 1996 by the remaining seven members of the Flint Federation of Women's Clubs.  The mission of the Federation is to promote service to the community.  Awarded to full-time students with a 3.0 GPA and completion of 55 credit hours. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to promoting the mission of the Women's Center at the University.

Wanda and M. Harry Piper Grant Fund

Financial assistance for full-time and part-time students whose pursuit of a University degree has been postponed or interrupted for at least two-years. Students must maintain a 2.0 g.p.a. and show financial need.

Kathleen A. Schneberger Scholarship Fund

For students who are at least 25 years old, who have completed 30 or more credit hours with a minimum 2.5 cumulative g.p.a. and are enrolled for at least six credit hours. Awards are based on financial need.

Anne Lande Weinstein Scholarship

Applicants must have completed 85 credit hours of course work and have minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be returning students whose education was interrupted by a minimum of five years.

Emmalyn Ellis Freeman Women's Center Scholarship

For single parents with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Center for the Education of Women Scholarship

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship is available on an annual basis to UM-Flint students. These scholarship applications are available annually in mid-November and are due in the beginning of March. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. To be eligible you must not have been awarded the scholarship before and you must have experienced a 24 month consecutive or non-consecutive break in your education after completing high school or be a primary caregiver.

Please visit the following website for more information: www.cew.umich.edu/services/scholar/scholcriteria

 

Critical Difference Grant

The Critical Difference Grant is a one-time award of up to $200.00 for returning students who find themselves in an emergency financial situation that imperils their ability to remain enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must fulfill all of the following four criteria:

1. Be currently enrolled at UM-Flint, either full or part-time

2. Be a returning student defined as any student, new or continuing, part-time or full-time, who has had at least a consecutive 24-month interruption in her or his education. The interruption may be either between high school and college or during college, or both

3. Have a 2.0 G.P.A. or better

4. Have not received a Critical Difference Grant in the past

Application Process

Fill out the application (here) or pick up an application at the Women’s Educational Center, 213 University Center.

Complete the application and monthly budget sheet, attach supporting documentation detailing why funding is required, and submit to the Women’s Educational Center either in person to Room 213 or by email to Kristen Campbell at kristeng@umflint.edu.

You will be notified of the decision within three to four business days.  If awarded the grant, you may pick up a check from the Cashier’s Office, 261 University Pavilion, within one (1) week.