Scholarships

Apply for CAS Scholarships for 2023-24!

Unless otherwise indicated, applications and letters of recommendation are due February 1, 2023. See Advice for Applicants below for tips on creating a strong application. If you have any questions, please call the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office at (734)487-4344 or email [email protected].

CAS Undergraduate Scholarships (Undergraduate Only)

Undergraduate students can apply for these eight scholarships with a single application:

  • Richard Albrecht Memorial Scholarship 
  • Melvin and Hazel Cant Scholarship
  • College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship
  • Carl D. and Peggy G. Pursell Scholarship
  • Reed Family Endowed Scholarship for STEM
  • Gregory W. Stevens Scholarship
  • Dr. James C. Waltz Endowed Scholarship in the Arts and Sciences
  • Francis R. Warren Scholarship

Click Here to Apply for CAS Undergraduate Scholarships

Click Here to Recommend a Student for CAS Undergraduate Scholarships

The Father Bernard J. O'Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement (Undergraduate Only)

The O'Connor Scholarship recognizes academic achievement and contributions to civic engagement in an undergraduate student's program of study and in their co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. 

Click Here to Apply for the O'Connor Scholarship

Click Here to Recommend a Student for the O'Connor Scholarship

The Stonewall Endowed Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)

The Stonewall Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership and/or involvement in organizations, activities or issues that promote a positive gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer environment. 

Click Here to Apply for the Stonewall Scholarship

Click Here to Recommend a Student for the Stonewall Scholarship

The Adelson-NSDAR Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)

The Adelson-NSDAR Scholarship is awarded to a Native American female student.

Click Here to Apply for the Adelson-NSDAR Scholarship

CAS Graduate Scholarships (Graduate Only)

Graduate students can apply for these scholarships through the Graduate School:

  • The Bob Holkeboer Symposium/Graduate Research Conference Scholarship 
  • The Donald M. Loppnow Endowed Graduate Research Conference Scholarship 

Click Here to Apply for the Holkeboer and Loppnow Scholarships

  • Scholarship Recipients for 2022-23

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    The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that the following students have been awarded CAS scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year. We congratulate these students on their records of academic achievement and community leadership.

    Ava Leahy
    Anne Leach
    Erin Crnkovich
    Derek Berger
    Heather Evans
    Odia Kaba
    Maliyah McGowan
    Eva Long
    Karley Misek 
    Jessica Kwek
    Coreena Forstner
    Rachel English
    Ava Robbins
    Emily Alaniz
    Eric Marion
    Hailee Hull
    Marcus Mendez-Gibson
    Nicholas Hart
    Leah Saunders
    Abby Siegel
    Jennifer Bennett
    Kristina Sweet
    Casey Miller

    The College is also happy to award Undergraduate Symposium scholarships for 2022-23 to the following students in recognition of their excellent research and creative projects:

    Cassandra Anderson
    Tristan Burk
    Erin Crnkovich
    Kaitlyn Dorey
    Sophia Emmi
    Coreena Forstner
    Maya Gaynier
    Amber Haley
    Cole Heien
    Odia Kaba
    Brendon Kaniecki
    Madison Lambert
    Konrad Lautenschlager
    Olivia Robinson
    Art Schupbach
    Camryn Smith
    Jacklyn Staffeld

  • Advice for Applicants

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    Your essay is a very important part of your application. Your essay should be thoughtful and original, it should express your views in your own voice, and it should fully answer the question asked. To develop your ideas for your essay, discuss the question with a professor, faculty advisor, or University Writing Center tutor. Take time to plan, draft, revise, and proofread your essay. The University Writing Center can help you with the writing process.


    The letter of recommendation also carries a lot of weight in the selection process. The better your recommender knows you, the stronger a recommendation they will be able to write. Meet with your recommendation writer and tell them (or remind them) about your accomplishments and goals. Give your recommender ample time to write their recommendation, at least three weeks if possible. 


    The Holman Success Center offers this additional advice:

    • Meet with a Success Coach. We help students with each stage of the searching and applying for scholarships process. We introduce the idea of using a scholarships tracker, breaking up the process into do-able chunks, staying proactive with the application process, etc.
    • Utilize the University Writing Center for writing support where appropriate. They can help with application essay structure, overall organization, and general proofreading, for example.
    • Connect with your faculty advisor to discuss the scholarships in more detail and how you are eligible / could become more eligible for future scholarships.
    • Attend scholarship planning workshops offered through the Holman Success Center.
  • CAS Undergraduate Scholarships

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    Adelson-NSDAR Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)

    Awarded to a female Native American student with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

    Richard Albrecht Memorial Scholarship

    The recipient must have a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences and demonstrate involvement in extracurricular EMU or community activities, and preferably be a graduate of a Livingston County high school.

    Melvin and Hazel Cant Scholarship

    The recipient must have a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences and demonstrate an interest and desire to work in the teaching profession. At the time of the award, the recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be enrolled for at least part-time and demonstrate financial need.

    College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship

    The recipient must have a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, at least 12 credit hours taken at EMU and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

    Father Bernard J. O'Connor Endowed Scholarship in Civic Engagement

    The recipient must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 and have successfully completed at least 18 credit hours at EMU. Students may be from any area of study as long as the chosen program of coursework highlights citizenship issues. Students must also possess a verifiable record of excellence in their contribution to this theme within their program of study as well as in co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities. 

    Carl D. and Peggy G. Pursell Scholarship

    The recipient must have an undergraduate major within the College of Arts and Sciences and an overall GPA of 3.0 with 3.4 in their major. Eligibility requires that the student must be carrying at least 12 credit hours, have completed at least 30 credit hours and demonstrate leadership skills through community service or involvement in extracurricular activities at EMU.

    Reed Family Endowed Scholarship for STEM

    The recipients must have financial need and be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.

    Gregory W. Stevens Scholarship

    The recipient must have a declared major in one of the following departments: Communication, Media and Theatre Arts; History and Philosophy; or Political Science. Minimum 3.0 GPA and involvement in community- or school-based extracurricular activities are required.

    Stonewall Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)

    The recipients are undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership and/or involvement in organizations, activities or issues that promote a positive gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender environment. Neither application for nor acceptance of this scholarship indicates the sexual or gender orientation of the applicant.

    Dr. James C. Waltz Endowed Scholarship in the Arts and Sciences

    The recipient is an undergraduate student majoring in any academic department or school in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

    Francis R. Warren Scholarship

    The recipients must be undergraduate, have an overall GPA of 3.0 with 3.4 in their major, and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have completed 60 hours at the time of application and must be carrying at least 12 credit hours at EMU.

  • CAS Graduate Scholarships

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    Adelson-NSDAR Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)

    The recipient must be a female Native American student with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

    Bob Holkeboer Symposium/Graduate Research Conference Scholarship

    The graduate student recipient is a past presenter at the Undergraduate Symposium and a past undergraduate member of the Honors College. Minimum 3.5 GPA required.

    Donald M. Loppnow Endowed Graduate Research Conference Scholarship

    The recipient is a graduate student and past presenter at Graduate Research Conference. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

    Stonewall Scholarship (Graduate or Undergraduate)

    The recipients are graduate or undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership and or involvement in organizations, activities or issues at EMU or the surrounding community that promote a positive environment for LGBTQ+ students and community members. Neither application nor acceptance of this scholarship indicates the sexual or gender orientation of the applicant.

  • Undergraduate Symposium Scholarships

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    All symposium-related scholarships require students to present at the current year Undergraduate Symposium prior to application. For information regarding the Symposium and its related scholarships, visit the Undergraduate Symposium website. You may also contact Amy Bearinger ([email protected]) for further information on these scholarships and deadlines.

    Bruce K. Nelson Scholarship

    This scholarship alternates between the Undergraduate Symposium and the Graduate Research Fair. The recipient  must be a student presenter at the current year's event, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU full-time.

    John W. Porter Student Research Excellence Scholarship

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium in an art-related discipline within CAS, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Donald M. Loppnow Endowed Student Research Scholarship

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium with a demonstrated commitment to research, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Dr. Irving A. Clark Endowment

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Robert Neely Endowed Scholarship for the Undergraduate Symposium

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Dale and Gloria Heydlauff Undergraduate Symposium Student Excellence Scholarship

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student. Also requires a demonstrated commitment to community service with priority to Symposium participant with travel abroad experience or global studies focus.

    Bette Warren and Sally McCracken Endowed Scholarship for the Symposium

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's undergraduate Symposium representing either mathematics, or communication, media & theater arts, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Ronald W. Collins Scholarship

    The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and have participated in the Undergraduate Symposium in a previous year as well as the current year.

    Undergraduate Symposium Silver Anniversary Scholarship Series

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and attend EMU as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Barry A. Fish Scholarship

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium. In addition, eligibility requires at least a 3.0 GPA, a declared major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and attendance as a full-time undergraduate student.

    Elwood John C. Kureth Scholarship

    The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student with a declared major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium.

    University Fellowship Award for Symposium Participants

    The recipient must be a student presenter at the current year's Undergraduate Symposium. In addition, eligibility requires completion of an undergraduate degree by August of that year, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, application and admission to a graduate degree program at Eastern Michigan University and enrollment as an EMU graduate student for the following fall.

    Lerner Family Scholarship in Jewish Studies

    The recipient is an outstanding undergraduate student who presented on a topic connected with Jewish Studies at the Undergraduate Symposium during the current academic year. Applications should include (1) a description of the Symposium project; (2) a statement about how the Symposium project contributes to our knowledge of Jewish peoplehood; (3) a resume/vita; and (4) a letter of support from the faculty sponsor.

  • Department and School Scholarships

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  • Other Scholarships

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     The Office of Financial Aid lists other scholarship awards.

  

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