A resident may receive these scholarships more than once, and may receive them concurrently. The total cannot exceed room and board rates.
Anne E. Shipman Stevens and Mary Louise Pressler Scholarships
Martha Cook Room and Board scholarships are financed by investment income generated by the Anne E. Shipman Stevens Fund, established by the Board of Governors in 1937, and the Martha Cook Alumnae of Ann Arbor Minority Award, established in 1987. The generosity of many former residents continues to make scholarships available to Martha Cook residents. The number and size of scholarships awarded vary from semester to semester.
Anne E. Shipman Stevens, one of the first Building governors, continued her relationship with the Building throughout her life. In 2000, a substantial bequest was received from the estate of Miss Elizabeth Thompson (’30) significantly increasing the scholarship fund’s ability to help meet resident needs. In 2006, the Martha Cook Alumnae of Ann Arbor merged into the overall Alumnae Association and, in 2007, as the Board of Governors accepted responsibility for their scholarship funds, it affirmed its commitment to support and encourage a broadly diverse Building community.
Eligibility to receive a Martha Cook Room and Board scholarship is based on the following criteria:
- Financial Need (40%)
- Commitment to the Building and Community (35%)
- Scholarship (15%)
- Interview (10%)
An applicant must have lived in the community for at least one full term, must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in both the current term of interviewing and during the upcoming semester for which they are applying for a scholarship, and must be available if called for a scholarship interview. Former recipients of a scholarship grant-in-aid may re-apply but are not guaranteed an award.
GAP Room and Board Scholarship
In 2016 Martha Cook Alumna and former Martha Cook Governor, Phyllis Valentine, created a scholarship fund for new residents to Martha Cook. Her motivation was based on removing financial barriers for any student who would like to be part of the Martha Cook community. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The Isobel Quail Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2018 through the generosity of Martha Cook Alumna Pamela Wiedenbeck, this scholarship is awarded each year to a new first-year resident who has successfully completed the Wolverine Pathways program.