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

STEM at Morehouse

By 2018, it is estimated that there will be more than 8.6 million STEM-related jobs available across the nation. And if Morehouse has its way, the College’s emerging graduates from these disciplines will not only fill their share of these positions, they will dominate the market.

If this prediction sounds a bit lolly, it probably is. But at Morehouse - where rigid recruitment, masterful mentoring and innovative instruction conspire to cultivate the talents of African-American scholars fixated on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - it’s not conceit. It’s a calling.

Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson, First Lady of Morehouse College and a STEM pioneer, is the first African American women to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.  She is also a professor at the University of Maryland, an entrepreneur and a mother who is passionate about the STEM initiative, knowing first-hand the struggles that many students face when majoring in a STEM discipline, especially when they must work significant hours outside of college to help pay for their education. “I’ve seen many students who are not able to focus on their studies in the manner required because they have to work off campus to help pay for their education.  Many of these students end up dropping out of college or changing their major to a non-STEM area.   These losses are unacceptable and we can surely do more to assist students”. 

The scholarship awards are named in honor of Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew ’72, MD/PHD and founding director of the National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health.