Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


November 10, 2015

Morehouse College STEM scholarship honors NIBIB director

Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, selected 19 students to be named Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year, a new award for students with a declared major in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Approximately 180 students qualified for consideration for the awards of up to $5,000 each. The new prize is a component of the Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson STEM Scholarship Initiative at Morehouse College, which honors distinguished alumni. Dr. Pettigrew graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physics.  

Pettigrew Scholars

Morehouse College alumnus Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., visits students majoring in STEM disciplines who are recipients of the 2015-16 Roderic I. Pettigrew Scholar awards. Nine of the 19 recipients are pictured, from the left: Logan Northcutt, Obey Chiguta, Ayorinde Cooley, [Dr. Pettigrew], Noah Jones, Jeffrey Byrd, Julian White (in the foreground), Maceo Dingle; Gillern Magurayne, and Cedric Bowe.

More than 37 percent of the Morehouse student body majors in STEM disciplines. Students who have demonstrated the academic ability by achieving a 3.2 grade point average in the most recent two semesters can be considered for the scholarship, which aims to increase their chance of earning an undergraduate degree in one of the STEM fields. The students major either in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, the dual degree program for engineering, or psychology.