The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Rosalie Ginsberg Scholarship for Community Service and Social Action

Two $3,000 scholarships will be awarded this year to support University of Michigan students holding junior or senior standing this fall who demonstrate a commitment to community service or social action and who demonstrate financial need.  Preference is given to students from Cuyahoga County, Ohio; thereafter to students from Ohio; and thereafter to any student.  Inger and William Ginsberg established the Rosalie Ginsberg Community Service Scholarship Fund in honor of William’s mother. 

Scholarship candidates must demonstrate strong community service or social action involvement, as well as financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship awardees will have attained junior or senior standing by the Fall semester of the scholarship year and will be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program on the Ann Arbor campus.  They must also qualify for financial aid.

Application Procedure

Applications for the Rosalie Ginsberg Scholarship are available through MCompass.

(To create an account in MCompass, simply create a new application. If you have already created an application in MCompass and are returning to edit the existing application or to create a new application for this program, you may simply login to MCompass using the button in the upper right of the MCompass portal.)

Your completed application will consist of:

  1. Completed online scholarship application, which includes an authorization to release information about your financial aid eligibility from the Office of Financial Aid to the Ginsberg Center.
  2. Uploaded résumé of activities or statement describing your community service or social action involvement(s) while at the University of Michigan, roles you’ve assumed, duration of (each) involvement, and anything else that would be helpful for the selection committee.
  3. A 250-500 word reflective essay on “What I have learned through my community involvement.”
  4. An uploaded support letter from a community-based agency at which you have served, on their letterhead, indicating the duration and quality of your involvement, and your accomplishments.

Deadline and additional information

All proposals for 2018-19 must be submitted by Midnight on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Additional questions may be asked through the MCompass system or sent to



MacDonald Community Fellows Program

Made possible by a generous gift from Scott MacDonald, the MacDonald Community Fellows Program provides a unique three-year fellowship for University of Michigan undergraduate students. MacDonald Fellows will receive funding while engaging in opportunities for community engagement, leadership development, and personal growth. The program was established to promote MacDonald’s commitment to encourage and support students to be agents of positive change by empowering themselves and the communities they engage to reach their full potentials. MacDonald Community Fellows will receive a $5,000 annual scholarship, in two disbursements per academic year.

Who: Undergraduate sophomore students interested in community engagement with demonstrated financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid).

Time Commitment: This unique fellowship will provide funding and support for selected fellows for 3 years. Over the course of this 3 year commitment, MacDonald Fellows are expected to commit 260 hours to their work each fellowship year. Each year will bring a different experience that will promote fellows’ continued learning and growth:

Year 1: Learn principles of meaningful service and community engagement while gaining important skills in project management, communication, facilitation, and collaboration as a Ginsberg Center program assistant.

Year 2: The fellow will continue to develop leadership and community engagement skills through the completion of a project with a local community organization and participation in the Community Engagement Leadership Fellows program.

Year 3: Engage in a senior fellows experience by executing a capstone project that promotes the mission of the Ginsberg Center and meets community-identified needs.

Application: The application is currently available on M-Compass anbd is due Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Applications will be evaluated on the applicant’s interests, demonstrated financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid), strength of written application, and a possible interview with Ginsberg Center staff.

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