Francesca Thivy

Barbour Scholarships

Among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, offering funding to female students from Asia and the Middle East since 1917.

2018-2019 Scholars

Meet our newest cohort. Front row, left to right: Hanieh Safari, Dan Li, Shyama Nandakumar, Jiseung Kim. Back row, left to right: Vishnupriya Das, Yuanqiu Feng, Yi Wang, Kevser Pinar Ustel.

Make A Global

My mother and I were supported by others before us. Giving back to graduate students reminds me of my journey and allows me to use that experience to connect with the next generation of scholars.

– Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, Alumna and Donor, Ph.D., History

Full List of

Total Scholars by Discipline

Biological & Health Sciences21.02%
Humanities & the Arts20.63%
Physical Sciences & Engineering20.24%
Social Sciences38.11%
Doctor of Medicine (MD)2.27%

Degrees Earned by Barbours*

Bachelor's Degree3.07%
Master's Degree36.25%
Doctoral Degree57.77%
Juris Doctor (JD)0.65%

*Not all program data available


100 Years

The Rackham Graduate School celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Barbour Scholarship throughout 2017. Barbour Scholars gathered to share their experiences and look to the future of the education of Asian women.

Barbour Pins

No, these graduate students and alums aren’t on their phones. They are examining history, having just received a pin representing their inclusion in the Barbour Scholarship program. Pins like these were given to Barbour Scholars in the 1930s. 

Barbour Scholars group shot

Pan-Asia Reunion

As part of 2018’s Pan-Asia Reunion festivities, Rackham hosted a breakfast for Barbour alumnae. Pictured from left to right are Okyeon Yi (1997), Rackham Dean Mike Solomon, Mauricia Borromeo (1972), Rackham Director of Development Jill McDonough, Eun-Kyung Park (1969), Sooyun Park (1964), Eun-Wha Park (1988), and Palarp Sinhaseni (1979).

2017-2018 Cohort

On March 28, 2017, eight graduate students joined the Barbour Scholar community.