Passionate in the belief that all members of society deserve the opportunity to develop to their highest human potential, Barbara and Jim Thomas established this graduate fellowship for individuals whose studies demonstrate the pursuit of "social justice for all". This fellowship offers freedom to the recipient whose passion for social justice can now be further explored by pursuing an advanced education, whether it is in the arts, humanities, social sciences, etc.
Applicants can be Michigan State University graduate students in any discipline. This fellowship will not be based on test scores or grade point averages, but rather the individual's commitment to fighting society's "isms" - including sexism, racism, and ageism. The recipient will invest his or her enhanced social capital to evoke positive action and changes in the community.
In 2023-2024 there will be two recipients selected. One recipient will recieve their funding in spring semester 2024, the other will recieve their funding fall semester 2024. The recipient must be enrolled for the semester in which they recieve the funding.
Each fellowship recipient is required to express acceptance and appreciation of the award in writing within two weeks of notification of the award.
To apply fill out and submit this form.