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Miriam Williford Scholarship Application

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This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Miriam Williford, former University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Provost for Continuing Education and Public Service, to continue her commitment to life-long learning and non-traditional students. The scholarship is intended to provide supplemental financial support to degree-seeking UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) students in good standing who can demonstrate a life-long history of active involvement in learning and non-traditional education.

Awards are need-based and are made during the spring semester only. CPE students must be enrolled for the semester that this scholarship applies in order to be eligible for this one-time award.

How to apply. Submit this application form and then mail or email supporting documentation below to: Miriam Williford Scholarship Fund, CPE, 404 Goodell, UMass Amherst, 140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003 or

Supporting documentation:

  • Copy of previous year's Federal Income Tax form
  • Copy of all academic transcript(s) - unofficial copies are acceptable

If your application is missing components (e.g., copy of previous year's federal income tax form and copies of all academic transcripts) it will not be considered.

Personal Statement: In 300-500 words, describe your life-long history of active involvement in learning and non-traditional education. You may include special circumstances or information you want the selection committee to consider that may distinguish you from other applicants. These may include but are not limited to: obstacles you have overcome, academic goals, interests and achievements, financial constraints, etc.

By clicking on Submit below, I understand:

  1. All materials are confidential, remain the property of the CPE Scholarship Committee and cannot be returned,
  2. All material must be submitted by the last day of add/drop for spring semester. Late or incomplete material will not be considered and the committee will not correspond with me regarding incomplete material,
  3. If I do not complete the entire application process, I am not eligible for consideration and I understand that the information I disclose in this application will determine my eligibility,
  4. Awards are subject to the policies of the Miriam Williford Scholarship Fund.

I also certify that all information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If requested, I agree to furnish proof of the information I submitted.

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