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How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website ( A cover letter, not to exceed one page, is required and must answer the following questions:

  1. Based on your understanding of LSA Advancement, please explain why you are applying for this position.
  2. Teamwork is critical to our success. Please share how you have ensured others are successful, or how you help others be at their best.
  3. Please share your experience in supporting a positive organizational culture.
  4. How did you learn of this posting?

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single electronic document. In addition, please submit a writing sample as either a link in your cover letter (be sure to provide the entire URL) or following your resume. Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.

Job Summary

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world.  We believe deeply in the transformative power of LSA's research and education, so we work to the highest standards of excellence and with joy, in the conviction that what we do matters to our students, our state, and the world.

As part of LSA Advancement, the LSA Scholarships team advances student diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing access, opportunity, and resources at one of the nation’s preeminent public liberal arts colleges.  Our office is a dynamic, friendly work environment that values innovation, collaboration, and teamwork.

We seek a Scholarship Coordinator who is responsible for oversight of two scholarship programs and support for additional scholarship programs throughout the calendar year. This role involves managing and updating scholarship application materials, participating in the application review and decision-making process for awarding need-based and merit-based scholarships to LSA students, as well as outreach to students and departments to increase awareness of funding opportunities. Candidates should have an innovative approach to work and enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for a diverse population of LSA students. They should also have an interest and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. The Scholarship Coordinator reports to the Director of the LSA Scholarship Program within the LSA Scholarships Office.


  • Lead LSA Internship Scholarship program, serve as LSA Shipman Scholarship Representative, and support scholarship team as needed in scholarship application review.
  • Evaluate and make decisions on individual scholarship applications and assess need-based funding requirements. Access, review, and interpret student financial aid packages to determine scholarship eligibility and funding.
  • Update, maintain, and interpret scholarship criteria and guidelines in our Blackbaud Award Management system.
  • Interpret and accurately match student recipients to donor gift accounts and general scholarship accounts.
  • Communicate scholarship requirements to campus audiences.
  • Represent scholarship decisions and rationale to student applicants as needed.
  • Engage directly with internal and external audiences to promote funding resources and programming available.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing liaison relationships between the LSA Scholarships team, LSA Stewardship, Major Gift Officers, and U-M Office of Financial Aid. Attend regular meetings and share information across these teams, resulting in more efficient and collaborative processes and enhanced student support and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with Director to determine annual budget and awarding goals.
  • Work in partnership with LSA Marketing and Stewardship to manage donor expectations, including facilitating student participation in stewardship activities.
  • Stay apprised of state/national issues and best practices in admissions, recruitment, scholarships, study abroad, and financial aid.
  • Represent the University at regional, state, and national conferences. Serve on committees.
  • Attend additional training sessions as needed.
  • Create, update, and develop communications relevant to programs in partnership with Communications Coordinator.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Collaborate well with partner teams to achieve shared objectives, provide strategic insight, and lead continuous improvement efforts in customer service and operations.
  • Drive results by tracking key operational metrics, identifying process improvement opportunities, and delivering on strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a collaborative, team-based, positive work environment.
  • Must demonstrate impeccable attention to detail.
  • Experience in student services, and managing student needs and expectations, in a supportive atmosphere.
  • Demonstrated commitment to helping students and being sensitive to issues of diversity.
  • Positive service-oriented attitude with capacity to use independent judgment and diplomacy while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Reasonable knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures.
  • Ability to develop and administer scholarship policies, requirements, and procedures.
  • Ability to coordinate a diverse workload and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office and Google software.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Passion for working with students and supporting the LSA Scholarships Office and institutional initiatives of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Working knowledge of the University’s organizational policies, rules, regulations, procurement, and purchasing is desired.
  • Working knowledge of Mpathways, specifically Student Financials and Financial Aid and Students Records and Admissions.
  • Experience implementing and managing application management software in a higher education setting, specifically Blackbaud Award Management system (formerly AcademicWorks).

Additional Information

This position may require some evening and weekend work.

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.