Skip to Content

Honors Scholarships & Grants

The LSA Honors Program awards several scholarships and prizes, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of Honors. Use the links, below, to view the variety of opportunities, as well as the application requirements.

Use the "Make an Appointment" button on the main page to meet with an advisor about Honors scholarship opportunities. Students may email honors.scholarships@umich.edu with questions.

(Note: As an academic unit, Honors does not offer merit-based aid or financial assistance. Please visit LSA ScholarshipsU-M Office of Admissions Cost & Aid, or the U-M Office of Financial Aid.)

The following is a list of awards and grants bestowed during the commencement season each spring, including the current award recipient(s). Honors thanks its generous donors for making these academic prizes possible.

The Morris and Lola Wasserstein Award - Recognizing contributions to the Michigan Daily.

Deadline: Last Monday of March by 12:00 noon

Honors students on the writing or editorial staff of the Michigan Daily are eligible to apply for the Morris and Lola Wasserstein Awards.

The Wasserstein Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Bruce Wasserstein to honor his father and mother. Investment banker Bruce Wasserstein (1947-2009) was an Honors graduate who had a great affection for the University of Michigan, the Honors Program, and the Michigan Daily.

Awards vary in amount but can exceed $1000/term for one or two terms and are based on the applicant's overall academic record, quality of work done at the Daily, and personal statement.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A two page personal statement discussing your academic and career plans, work at the Daily, and plans for the prize money.
  2. An updated resume or CV.
  3. A list of no more than three favorite articles that you've written for the Daily (if applicable).

Please save all applications materials as a single PDF entitled "LastName_FirstName_WassersteinApplication" and send it to honors.scholarships@umich.edu.

The Otto Graf and Jack Meiland Scholarships

Applications must be submitted via email to honors.scholarships@umich.edu no later than12:00 noon on the third Monday of March.

Each year outstanding third-year Honors students are selected as recipients of the Otto Graf and Jack Meiland Scholarships. These awards honor the late Professors Otto Graf, who served as director of the Honors Program for eighteen years, and Jack Meiland, who championed interdisciplinarity in the Honors curriculum.  Scholarships can range between $2000-5000 depending on available funding and the number of scholarships granted.

To be eligible students should be rising seniors and must be pursuing an Honors major. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Please email honors.scholarships@umich.edu if you have questions. Selection criteria for the scholarship include:

  1. A serious commitment to intellectual pursuits and promise for continued academic success (most applicants will have a 3.7 GPA or higher)
  2. Evidence of exceptional depth and/or breadth in their studies.  These might include, but are not limited to significant research accomplishments, an ambitious and interesting Honors thesis topic, proficiency in multiple languages, advanced coursework in a field of study, etc.
  3. Co-curricular accomplishments that supplement or complement their academic programs and demonstrate sustained commitment, leadership, and effectiveness.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following items via email to honors.scholarships@umich.edu. Please save both items as a single PDF entitled "LastName_FirstName_GrafMeilandApplication".

  1. A 500 word essay about your academic interests and your goals for the next 3-5 years.
  2. An updated resume or CV.

Applicants should also arrange for at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to honors.scholarships@umich.edu.  The letters should be from faculty members who know both you and your academic work well. Please download this letter with advice and submission instructions, sending it to your faculty recommenders.

You do not need to apply separately for the Graf and Meiland competitions. The Meiland Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant to the joint competition whose academic work best exemplifies the principles of creativity and interdisciplinarity espoused by Professor Meiland.

Finalists will be invited to interview with the scholarship selection committee in late March. Finalists who are away from campus for the winter semester will be invited to interview via video link. Scholarship winners will be announced in early April.