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Support the Mowbray Scholars Program

Myrtle Craig Mowbray

The Mowbray Scholars Program, housed in the Honors College at MSU, helps prepare some of the nation’s finest undergraduates for successful lives and careers. The program honors the memory and legacy of Michigan State University’s first African-American female graduate, Myrtle Craig Mowbray. Mowbray graduated from the then-Michigan Agricultural College in 1907 and went on to lead a successful career for the next 40 years, serving youth in education and public service throughout Kansas and Missouri.

As one of four African-American students on campus and the single African-American female, Myrtle Craig Mowbray blazed a trail for generations of students of color to come. The Mowbray Scholars Program, named after Myrtle, and open to all students, includes in its mission the support of students of color in the Honors College who have demonstrated potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding and who will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Honors College because of their life experiences.

Will you give now to help support Myrtle’s legacy and continue to support generations of Spartans to come? 

Your gifts help support our best and brightest students achieve their goals, gain transformative experiences, and set them on a path to become the leaders and change makers of the future.

Mowbray Scholars experience unique academic enrichment, networking opportunities and funding that enables each participant to pursue educational goals anywhere in the world over two semesters (usually during the summers) for research and international engagement experiences.

Mowbray Scholars have recently used their scholarships to support a diverse set of study abroad and research programs, including:

  • Teacher education in South Africa
  • Intensive Japanese language study in Japan
  • Energy technology in Australia
  • Alternative spring break rainforest research program in Nicaragua
  • International writing course in Ireland
  • Orchid research in Germany and Costa Rica
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • AIDS education work and research in Zimbabwe
  • Photo communication in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom
  • Ecology in Antarctica

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1GTMOWB” in the note section.