In light of the public health concerns associated with the spread of COVID-19, the university has put in place a number of recommendations in recent weeks to help limit the spread of the virus in our community. As information is rapidly changing, we advise that all students follow the guidelines provided by the university and monitor the situation in their local communities.
To help you stay abreast of how the coronavirus pandemic may impact scholarship decisions and requirements, our team will be updating this page with any news that specifically impacts our scholarship recipients. Check back often for updates, and please reach out to us with any questions.
Office Hours and Staffing
The LSA Scholarships Office, including our Kessler Scholars and U.P. Scholars teams, are following remote working recommendations made by President Schlissel and Dean Curzan. As a result, our physical office in the LSA building is closed to walk-in advising and appointments and will remain closed until university leadership gives us an all-clear to return. We are canceling all scholarship events and suspending our weekly walk-in hours for Study Abroad and Internships indefinitely.
Our team is still available remotely during our usual business hours to help with any questions or issues that arise. If you do have a question or request, we prefer that you send an email to our team via our main inbox. This inbox is monitored by our entire team, ensuring the fastest possible response. Remember that we are here to help support you. We hope that you will contact us if you are in need of any assistance.
Scholarship Review and Awarding Updates
April 30, 2020
LSA Internship Scholarship
To support the University’s public-health efforts during COVID-19 while also preserving an important student learning experience, the College of LSA issued the following guideline around this year’s internship funding:
To be eligible for funding, all spring and summer 2020 internships, whether they are US-based or international, must be offered in a “virtual” format: a setting where you, the intern, work remotely for the entire duration of the internship without any in-person contact.
This means that any student pursuing an in-person internship that is hosted on-site at an employer’s workplace will no longer be eligible to receive the LSA Internship Scholarship. But, if a student and their employer are able to transition an existing in-person internship to a remote working arrangement, or if the student secures a virtual internship elsewhere, they can still be considered for this year's LSA Internship Scholarship.
Updated eligibility criteria, deadlines, and resources for securing virtual internships can all be found on our LSA Internship Scholarship webpage.
LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship
The LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship application originally closed on March 29, 2020. But, since then, we have heard from many students whose spring and summer plans have changed drastically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
To help support LSA students who have recently made the decision to take spring/summer classes and are seeking additional financial support, we are pleased to share that we have re-opened the LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship application to accept new applications for spring/summer 2020 funding.
The new deadline to apply for an LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship will be June 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed weekly, and awards will be made on a rolling basis through the first week of July.
If you previously applied for this scholarship before the March 29th deadline and have already been declined for an award, there is no need to apply again. Eligibility criteria has not changed and our decision will remain the same.
Visit our LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship page for details on eligibility and application instructions.
LSA Emergency Scholarship
We are continuing to accept applications for the LSA Emergency Scholarship. If you are an LSA student in need of financial support, we encourage you to apply. Our office is working in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid and other units across campus to make sure students have access to the resources they need during this time.
Four-Year Renewable Scholarship - Incoming Students
All Four-Year Renewable Scholarship awards have been made and all applicants have been notified of their status.
Two-Year Renewable Scholarship - Transfer Students
All Two-Year Renewable Scholarship awards have been made and those who have been awarded scholarships have been notified. Transfer students who did not receive a Two-Year Renewable Scholarship will continue to be considered for one year awards through the Returning Student Scholarship. Reviews for the Returning Student Scholarship will begin in June.
April 10, 2020
During this time, our team will still be working remotely to review scholarship applications. There will be no change to our deadlines, and with the exception of some of the programs listed below, we will be awarding all scholarships on our regular schedule. Deadlines and notification dates can be found by viewing the appropriate scholarship program page here on our website.
LSA Internship Scholarship
The university has suspended all international travel until at least June 30 and strongly discourages any domestic travel. In addition, many businesses across the country have moved to remote working schedules or cut back on their staffing. It is unclear how long these practices will be in place, so all of these factors have a significant impact on the internships students may be hoping to pursue this spring or summer. At this time, our application deadline remains the same, but we will not begin reviewing any applications until our Round Two review date. If you applied for an internship scholarship and were placed in the first review round, your application will not be reviewed until that time. Please keep in mind that this date is tentative. There are still many unknowns regarding spring/summer experiences. If travel restrictions extend past June 30, it may be necessary to push our review dates back further. Should this happen, we will reach out to applicants directly and make an update here on this page.
LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship
University leadership is still deciding how best to manage spring/summer classes this academic year. Even though we are not certain in what capacity classes will commence in the spring, we will be keeping our Spring/Summer Scholarship application open until its regular deadline of March 29. If you have any interest in pursuing spring/summer classes this year, we encourage you to apply for the Spring/Summer Scholarship as soon as possible to ensure that you will receive full scholarship consideration should classes return to normal for spring or summer. We know that much of this is still up in the air and that might make it difficult to make decisions. Our recommendation is to apply for funding for any opportunities you are considering during the application window so you are financially prepared in the event that you are able to participate.
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship
Students may still apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship for programs occurring next academic year. However, please keep in mind that study abroad programs will not commence again until the university lifts international travel restrictions. For more information about study abroad programs, be sure to follow health and safety updates from CGIS.
LSA Emergency Scholarship
We are making a temporary adjustment to our eligibility criteria for the LSA Emergency Scholarship in order to provide as much support as possible during this time. We know that circumstances like what we are facing now impact all of us, even students who may not ordinarily rely on support from financial aid. Students who do not have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid are encouraged to apply for the LSA Emergency Scholarship if the pandemic has significantly changed their financial situation. Note that, in such cases, we may require additional information or documentation to make a fair evaluation. All emergency funding decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Four-Year Renewable Scholarship
If you are an admitted student who has applied for our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship, please rest assured that this situation has not had any significant impacts on our review of your scholarship application. Our team is on schedule and will continue to make rolling offers through mid to late April.
Changes to Scholarship Requirements
This is an unprecented situation with significant impacts to learning, working, and basic daily activities. Given all the challenges we know our scholarship recipients are facing to manage their coursework and stay healthy, our office has decided to waive certain requirements for this academic year.
The service hour requirement is waived for all 2019-2020 scholarship recipients. Students who have not yet completed their service hours will not see any impact to their scholarship or be held responsible for making up the hours in the future.
This decision was made with health and safety in mind. While many local volunteer organizations are being proactive in canceling their volunteer activities, we recommend that students avoid any public gatherings, including community service, until we are confident that it is safe to return to shared, public activities.
The GPA requirement is waived for all 2019-2020 scholarship recipients. We know that transitioning to an online learning environment has presented unexpected challenges for students and, for many, can be a major source of stress. We do not wish for our GPA requirement to become an additional source of anxiety.
Regardless of where your GPA sits this semester, you will not see any impact to your scholarship. Should your GPA fall significantly below the requirement, we may still reach out to you—this will only be to check-in and offer additional resources should you need them to get back on track.
Enrollment Requirements for LSA Scholarships
Restrictions on international travel have had a significant impact on student academic plans that included programs abroad. Because of this, we are waiving our full-time enrollment requirement for Four-Year Renewable Scholarship and Returning Student Scholarship recipients who currently have no enrollment or partial enrollment for the winter 2020 term as a result of a cancelled program abroad. If you are a recipient of one of these scholarships and your enrollment was impacted by a cancelled program, it will not affect your LSA Scholarship.
Please note that this applies only to our office's requirement. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions regarding their enrollment requirements for financial aid.
Additional Resources for Students
We've pulled together this list of resources that may be of use to you. We also encourage you to reach out if there's anything our team can do to assist you. We will continue to update this section as we learn of new support services.
Pandemic Resource Guides
- Earlier this year, our team created this microsite as a guide to the many resources for students both on and off-campus.
- UM's Poverty Solutions released this Pandemic Resource Guide that covers a wide range of additional resources available to the UM community through local and national initiatives.
Do keep in mind that some organizations on these lists may be operating in a different manner than usual given current circumstances. View organization websites or give them a call directly if you have any questions about their services.
Local Food Pantry Services
If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, these organizations can help:
- The office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell recently shared this list of food banks and kitchens in our local area
- This map can help you find the nearest Food Gatherers pantry
- The Maize and Blue Cupboard is still open to students living on or near campus
- Washtenaw County has compiled this list of food and essential services for our local community
Mental Health Support Services
For all of us, sustained community-wide social distancing may feel difficult to manage at times, so we encourage you to take advantage of these services if you need an empathetic ear.
- Our Washtenaw Country Resource Guide (above) includes a variety of local mental health resources.
- CAPS remains available for anyone in need of mental health support. They have a collection of resources you can access online at any time.
- The university has this Comprehensive List of Mental Health Resources that can point you towards a wider variety of support services around campus.
- Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry has compiled these resources for individuals and their families.
- You should also know that there is a peer support group called hEARt listens. This group hosts a mental health support text line for UM students. All you have to do is text the hEARt Line at 734-292-8006, and within 48 hours, you will be connected with a student peer supporter here at Michigan. The whole process is free, anonymous, and available to all UM students whether you are on campus or not.
- The state of Michigan has teamed up with Headspace to provide free meditation and mindfulness tools to help with stress management.
In addition to the LSA Emergency Scholarship, the resources below are available to students in emergency situations. Requirements for each of these funding sources vary, so be sure to visit their websites and reach out to the host departments if you have specific questions.