Dive into this Exploration of Culture, Politics, History and More

The Thea Bowman Scholars Program is designed to help African-American students achieve success and mature as leaders throughout their lifecycle at Walsh University. The program aligns with the University’s mission and overall commitment to create an environment that is inclusive and supportive to the student’s cultural, spiritual and personal development and their academic success. Students accepted into the Thea Bowman Scholars Program will have opportunities to explore various cultures, politics and history within the United States and abroad.

Program Benefits

  • Connect and engage with peers and mentor students to learn how to successfully transition into and throughout the campus
  • Gain professional development skills to prepare for future career paths through mentorship and programming.
  • Enhance and develop resiliency, communication, and leadership skills

What types of experiential learning opportunities are provided?

  • Travel options within the United States and/or abroad through Global Learning Center
  • Participate in campus support services and activities such as Multicultural Affairs, Counseling Services, Academic Support Services, Black Student Union and more
  • Leadership workshops, career exploration seminars, and engagement in cultural and spiritual activities outside of the classroom

Admissions Criteria

  • Prospective traditional, full-time degree seeking student
  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completed undergraduate admissions application to Walsh University
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Completion of an in-person interview
  • Completed essay describing why you desire to participate in the program and
    what it means to become a successful student leader


About Sr. Thea Bowman

The late Sr. Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration from Canton, Mississippi, was nationally known for her work in advancing and diversifying the individuals within the Catholic Church. By invitation from Walsh’s third President, Br. Francis Blouin, Sr. Thea visited Walsh and addressed a crowd of more than 1,300 individuals on September 18, 1989. During the ceremony, she was awarded the Founders’ Award for illustrating the same ideals as Venerable John de La Mennais and Father Gabriel Deshayes, founders of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. 

"We have become a global village; we have to learn to love and respect one another, to work, play, and stand together," said Sr. Thea during her remarks at Walsh. "Give your time, talent, resources, and understanding to make this a better place for all of us."

Sr. Thea was 52 when she died of bone cancer on March 30, 1990. Her legacy as an educator, evangelist and proponent of Catholic education lives on today through initiatives such as the Thea Bowman Scholars Program at Walsh University.


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