The Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson STEM Scholarship Initiative in honor of Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew ‘72

3rd Annual Breakfast to support the Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson STEM
Scholarship Initiative
February 18, 2017

“Women on the Move for STEM at Morehouse”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mae C. Jemison (read bio »)

"Pursuing the Extraordinary"

Exploring space and the stars is the stuff of many dreams, yet actually achieving the capabilities needed for space exploration underlies the successful accomplishment of dreams to improve life here on Earth!  Think weather satellites, miniaturization, GPS systems, light, strong corrosion resistant materials, MRI, remote sensing…

The initiative to achieve the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system to another star, 100 Year Starship led by Dr. Jemison, is building a global transdisciplinary movement spanning  areas from energy, medicine, materials, policy, economics,  to anthropology, agriculture, IT and zoology.   The title of the proposal that won the competitive DARPA seed funding grant defines this talk — “An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond.”

Location: Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center

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Church Sponsorship: If you are interested in being a church sponsor, please contact Janice Cooper at, or Susie Roberts at

2017 Women on the Move for STEM at Morehouse


  • Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson
  • Mrs. Carolyn Young

Honorary Committee

  • Billye S. Aaron
  • Juanita Baranco
  • Judge Brenda Hill Cole
  • Debi Crews
  • Martha Farmer
  • Dr. Cheryl Franklin
  • Yvonne Gloster
  • Francine O. Greer
  • Dr. Dawn Beatrice Griffin
  • Dr. Mae Jemison
  • Joy Lucas
  • Tsitsi Masiyiwa
  • Marlene Moss
  • Loretta Parham
  • Lana Woods
  • Carolyn Young

 Host Committee

  • Corine  Bickley
  • Diana Campbell
  • Janice Roberta Cooper
  • Leah Creque
  • Jea Delsarte
  • Debbie D. Dixon
  • Jo Roberson Edwards
  • Cheryl Espy
  • Deborah Espy
  • Wilma Espy
  • Carol Espy-Wilson
  • Wanda Gurley Thomas
  • Aissa Hilliday-McDaniel
  • Pearl Hollis
  • Felicia Jackson
  • Sondra Rhoades Johnson
  • Tiffini Eugene Jones
  • Nadine Duplessy Kearns
  • Diane King
  • Glenda Lock
  • Wonya Lucas
  • Maria Lumpkin
  • Karen   McAlmon
  • Dorian McDuffie
  • Shelia  Moore
  • Pamela Payton
  • Malva Reid
  • Susie   Roberts
  • Monice Sanders
  • Melinda Miller Thrasher
  • Antoinette Waits
  • Karon Williams
  • Shelia Wills
  • Terry Woods

STEM Scholarship Silent Auction Categories

Fine Art
Local and internationally recognized artists

Artists Jewelry
Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry

Porsche Driving Experience
"Conversation with The Rains, Voices for American Liberty" by author Dr. Sulayman Clark (four signed copies of the book
Lunch with a Champ (Evander Holyfield)
Vacation Homes

Time to Relax Spa Adventures
Pamper five of your girlfriends at Saks Fifth Avenue

Items to Enjoy
Handcrafted one-of-a-kind HBCU Quilt

Gift Baskets
Ambassador Andrew Young signed books and historic CDs
Red Wine and Roses
Let’s Get Organized

Sports Enthusiasts
Autographed sports equipment
Autographed items signed by sports legends Edwin Moses and Hank Aaron

Haute Couture

Culinary Delight
Dine at top restaurants
Personal chef will prepare dinner for you and guests in your home 

Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson

Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland (UMD). Read full bio... 


Inaugural Breakfast Speaker

Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew

Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., is the first director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read full bio...

2nd Annual
Breakfast Speaker 

Dr. Emery N. Brown

Emery N. Brown is the Edward Hood Professor of Medical Engineering and Professor of Computational Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School; and an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Read full bio...

STEM Scholarship Initiative Brochure (pdf)


About the Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson STEM Scholarship Initiative 

The need for this nation to produce more high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM") graduates is dramatically increasing. According to U.S. News & World Report, African American men are one of the only minority groups not making steady progress in STEM. "The lack of African American men in STEM is a byproduct of a failing system for African Americans in the overall school system," said Dr. Karl Reid, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers. In addition to a failing system, and other systemic challenges, lack of financial resources further stagnates the progress of African American men in STEM.

Although African American men are underrepresented in these fields, the number who initially express interest in pursuing careers in STEM is high. Unfortunately, along the pathway to completion of the undergraduate STEM degree, financial challenges add a layer of difficulty that disproportionately decreases the number of successful, male, African American STEM graduates. When these students' studies are disrupted, it compromises the student's mastery of the progressively challenging STEM curriculum. Taking a break from a STEM program, for any reason, can be devastating to the student’s progress.

Understanding such challenges has determined how we shaped the objectives, criteria and award sizes to offer assistance to students who are progressing well in their STEM program. With more than $172,000 raised to date, these awards will continue to keep many students on the pathway to successful completion of STEM degrees, including some who may have taken unwanted detours if not for this award. Acknowledging the transitional challenges facing many students, we restricted our attention to the last two semesters as opposed to the more usual look at cumulative GPA. In this way, students who have demonstrated the ability to achieve academically are awarded the scholarship to allow them a better chance of achieving an undergraduate degree in one of the STEM fields.

Morehouse has had tremendous success at helping students find their passion for STEM by affirming that students can be successful, even if their high school did not adequately prepare them. Our objective in awarding these scholarships is to have the greatest impact on the most worthy of students, which means looking for students who have both need and who demonstrate academic excellence.