CSG Unveils Scholarship Fund for Extracurricular Involvement

Central Student Government
Joe Shea, Communications Director

The scholarship is the first of its kind at the University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR—On October 19th, Central Student Government announced the creation of the Leadership Engagement Scholarship. Once fully funded, this scholarship will provide financial awards to emerging and established student leaders with demonstrated need. The goal of this initiative is to remove the financial barriers to extracurricular involvement for all U-M students.

CSG has already secured $100,000 from generous alumni donors and is looking to raise a total of $500,000 for this fund, which would allow scholarships for a cohort of 10 to 15 students each year. To reach its goal, CSG will be initiating a sustained fundraising effort for the duration of the 2016-17 school year. CSG aims to ensure that this scholarship is fully funded by the Fall 2017 semester.

In addition to support from alumni, fundraising efforts will also prioritize student engagement. CSG President David Schafer emphasized the important role that students will play in the growth and institutionalization of this scholarship fund. He said, “This scholarship is another chapter in the long story of student activism in our university’s history. That’s why we’re excited about the Leadership Engagement Scholarship—it’s an initiative by and for students.”

The Leadership Engagement Scholarship will be housed within the Office of Student Life. A Student Life Awards Committee comprised of administrators, Student Life staff, and at least one student will be responsible for selecting recipients and determining the specific award amount. Awards will range from $500 to $2500.

To qualify for this scholarship, students must maintain full-time enrollment at the University of Michigan, apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid, and hold, or aspire to hold, a leadership role in a student organization.

A 2011 US Census report showed that 71% of college students possess some kind of job, which, in addition to coursework, makes it difficult for students to find time for extracurricular activities. CSG’s internal demographic report showed that 53.5% of its members maintain a job in addition to their coursework and involvement in student government.

“At Michigan, ‘Leaders and Best’ happens inside and out of the classroom,” Schafer said. “With costs of tuition and housing continuing to rise in Ann Arbor, we need to make sure that every student on campus has the opportunity to pursue a well-rounded experience at the University of Michigan.”

More information about the scholarship can be found at studentlife.umich.edu/leadership-engagement-scholarship. To give to the scholarship, visit https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/799609.