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Critical Difference for Women

About CDW

Critical Difference for Women (CDW) is a scholarship/grant offering program of The Ohio State University offering financial support to women students, faculty, and staff.

Critical Difference for Women was developed in 1986 to identify and fund, within all institutional levels and disciplines, the needs of women seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives. Since 1986, CDW has blossomed into a remarkable scholarship/grant program for Ohio State women comprised of three funds. Below, the links will lead you to information and application forms for these scholarships and grants:

Re-entry Scholarships

Scholarships for women who have interrupted their education due to unforseen obstacles such as family responsibilities or financial constraints and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. More ...

Research on Women Grants

Grants for faculty members and doctoral students (both male and female) who are conducting research on all areas of women's lives, including gender and gender equity. More ...

Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants for Women are designed to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women.

Women of Color Advancement Grants are designed to facilitate professional development, career mobility, and networking activities of women of color faculty, staff, and graduate students.

The Marianna Russell Technology fund will sponsor grants for professional development for women who are in or are going into technology fields.
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Read stories from the recipients of these funds.

the CDW program has blossomed into a remarkable scholarship/grant program for Ohio State women.