IUME Announces W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship

W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

IUME gratefully acknowledges the generosity of its founding director, Dr. Edmund Gordon, and the late Princess Matilda Bowen (1924-2017) in establishing and funding the W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship. This scholarship—named for the renowned sociologist and activist (Dr Gordon’s mentor while a student at Howard University)—benefits IUME doctoral students.

Princess Matilda Bowen was born on January 10, 1924 in Washington, D.C. Bowen graduated from Armstrong High School in D.C. and earned her undergraduate degree from Miner Teachers College (Howard University). The opportunity for a graduate degree led Princess M. Bowen to Teachers College where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching of Social Studies in 1948. Shortly after, she began her teaching career working at Tennessee State University (1948-1957). While in Tennessee she became one of the charter members (and only woman) of the Tennessee State Honor Society chapter (first one at an HBCU). Later, Bowen would spend the rest of her educational career on the faculty at Southern University from 1958-1998. She enjoyed teaching social studies and was a strong advocate for geography. When Southern University received a National Science Foundation grant, Bowen was charged with leading the in-service institute in 1971 that enabled teachers to update their training in geography and social science.

We are indebted to Professor Bowen and Dr. Gordon and are grateful for their life’s work in service to education. Bowen devoted her life to mentoring, coaching and tutoring her students and family members. Gordon has continued to mentor, inspire, and advocate for education and research. Now they have established an enduring gift to foster learning and research at Teachers College through their support for the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. As a result, Gordon’s vision and Bowen’s zeal for education will benefit doctoral students for years to come.