The Rackham Graduate School celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Barbour Scholarship throughout 2017. On October 23 & 24, Barbour Scholars from the past and present gathered in Ann Arbor to share their experiences and look to the future of the education of Asian women.

Read more about the two-day celebration.

group portrait of Barbours

As part of the centennial celebration, Barbour alumnae and Scholars participated in multiple events and panels to share their experiences traveling across the globe to earn a University of Michigan education.

Make A Global Impact

“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

Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur

building with sun barbour logoBarbour Scholarships are 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.

In the past century, more than 700 extraordinary women from over 25 countries have been appointed as Barbour Scholars. They have served as university presidents and educators, senators and ambassadors, researchers and industry leaders, and a variety of other noteworthy roles. Currently, around 200 reside in the U.S. and 261 can be found abroad—Levi Barbour’s living global legacy.

Total Scholars by Discipline

Biological & Health Sciences21.02%
Humanities & the Arts20.63%
Physical Sciences & Engineering20.24%
Social Sciences38.11%

Degrees Earned by Barbours*

Bachelor's Degree3.07%
Master's Degree36.25%
Doctoral Degree57.77%
Doctor of Medicine (MD)2.27%
Juris Doctor (JD)0.65%

*Not all program data available

2017 group of Barbour Scholars

Introducing the 2017-2018 Cohort

Tiffany Chuang May (Singapore)
I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu (Taiwan)
Mina Jafari (Iran)
Lianli Liu (China)
Özge Savaş (Turkey)
Arushi Varshney (India)
Pinghui Wu (Taiwan)
Yinyin Ye (China)

scholars holding pins in their hands

Celebrating a Century of Opportunity

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. To mark the centennial of the program, current and former scholars are receiving commemorative pins designed to reflect the original.

Dean and past Barbour Scholars

Rackham and the 2017 Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion

A group of Barbour Scholar alumnae convened in Shanghai during the U-M PanAsia Reunion. They shared their memories of U-M, updates on their career paths, and ideas for enhancing community among the Barbour Scholars. Pictured (l to r) are Jing Xiao (MS and PhD, Engineering), Rackham staff Jill McDonough, Rackham dean Carol Fierke, Zhen Zeng-Liao (MS, Engineering), Palarp Sinhaseni (PhD, Toxicology), and Wing Li (PhD, Mathematics).