The College Endowment Association, founded in 1890, traces its roots to a Ladies' Art and Science class organized in 1874. The class was centered on lecturer Charles Farrar who was affiliated with Milwaukee College which later became Milwaukee Downer College. Mrs. William Grant Fitch proposed a permanent organization to endow the school and secure funds. This was the beginning of the College Endowment Association (CEA).
College Endowment is both an intellectually stimulating and philanthropic organization, presenting outstanding lectures and films on diverse topics as well as providing scholarships for women. CEA derives funds from member contributions, gifts, and bequests. An endowed gift of $125,000 was given in 1999 to the Milwaukee Downer Scholarship Fund of Lawrence University. In the same year, Milwaukee Downer Alumnae, in conjunction with the College Endowment Association, created and funded the Milwaukee Downer College and College Endowment Association Professorship at Lawrence University.
College Endowment Scholarships
Since 1982, the College Endowment Association has provided significant scholarships to nearly 40 young women. The scholarship program began in 1982 with a scholarship to a student at Lawrence University. Additional scholarships were funded in subsequent years now totaling 40. Scholarships were awarded to 10 students from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and 12 from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where there is also an individual scholarship provided by a CEA member. CEA joined with the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee to sponsor a HER scholarship awarded to a returning adult student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where 5 women have been recipients. The most recent scholarship was established in 2013 for a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with 2 students receiving an award. During each program year, recipients are introduced to the membership and provide an update on their progress toward a degree.
Students are selected by each institution and awards are made to Wisconsin women with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 after their freshman year and may continue through graduation.
Please note: CEA scholarships cannot be applied for directly. The scholarships are administered through the universities listed above.