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Mowbray Scholars Program

Photo of Myrtle Craig MowbrayThe Mowbray Scholars Program helps prepare some of the nation’s finest undergraduate students for successful lives and careers. The program honors the memory of Michigan State University’s first African-American female graduate, Myrtle Craig Mowbray. Myrtle graduated from the then-Michigan Agricultural College in 1907 and went on to have an important education and public service career.

The Mowbray Scholars Program, open by application 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.

The Mowbray Scholars Program is financially sponsored by the Honors College.

  • Unique academic enrichment opportunities

Mowbray Scholars are introduced to the resources of a prestigious and comprehensive university. They have a chance to meet some of the research, cultural, and administrative leaders of MSU and the community through regular dinner gatherings for the Scholars and guests.

  • Financial support to follow your dreams

Mowbray Scholars enjoy generous financial support that enables them to pursue educational goals anywhere in the world. Mowbray Scholars receive $7,500 to use over two semesters (usually during the summers) preceding graduation for research and international engagement experiences.

  • A network of friends that will last

Mowbray Scholars meet other outstanding students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Scholars gather informally to share experiences and plan activities that express the spirit and values of the group. They also attend cultural and educational events together both on and off-campus.

Application Procedure

All students who have been invited to the Honors College for fall semester are eligible to apply for the Mowbray Scholars Program. Students interested in applying should send a one to two paragraph statement of interest to by March 6th at 11:59 PM EST. Students’ statements and MSU applications will be reviewed; finalists will be interviewed by Zoom.

Mowbray Program Coordinator:
Dr. Bess German
Assistant Dean

Sample Mowbray Projects

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
  • HIV inhibitors research at another U.S. university
  • Alternative spring break rainforest research program in Nicaragua
  • International writing course in Ireland
  • Orchid research in Germany and Costa Rica
  • AIDS education work and research in Zimbabwe
  • Photo communication in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom
  • Ecology in Antarctica

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