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The Thea Bowman Institute for Excellence and Leadership at Alverno College is a full-tuition scholarship program for Black undergraduate students with a strong desire to serve as leaders. We welcome applications from women seeking professional roles in pursuit of social change and service.
Using a cohort-based model, the Institute provides students with a dedicated advisor, an alumna mentor, exclusive networking opportunities and guaranteed internship opportunities. This program prepares graduates to confidently enter their chosen careers as solidly equipped change agents.
- Amira, Communication Major, Class of 2024
Alverno College will offer up to 20 full-tuition scholarships to Black women who meet the following criteria and exhibit a strong desire to serve as leaders in their communities:
Scholarships are renewable for up to four years based on full-time enrollment, satisfactory academic progress, active engagement in all program activities and opportunities, and successful progress toward four-year degree completion.
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Our leadership institute honors the late Thea Bowman, FSPA, Ph.D., a Black Franciscan nun from Mississippi who was educated in Wisconsin. Sister Thea held a doctorate in English and served as a professor at three universities. She gained national and international renown for her passionate advocacy for racial justice.
"The time is now, and the place is Alverno, for this Institute to flourish and attract committed Black women seeking to experience the power of an Alverno education.”
- Ronett Jacobs, M.Ed., ’98, Director of the Bowman Institute
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