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Giving Opportunities

The Barbour Scholarship program was originally endowed by Levi Barbour in 1917 to support female graduate students from Asia and the Middle East.

The Barbour Society

To recognize and celebrate the prestigious Barbour Scholarship and to ensure the continued support of current and future Barbours, Rackham Graduate School is proud to launch the Barbour Society.

This giving society recognizes alumni and friends who make gifts to the Barbour Centennial Fund each year. This fund honors over a century of support and helps to mitigate financial strain for graduate students as they complete their degrees.

The Barbour alumni community represents a rich and international legacy that started with Levi Barbour’s original gift and grows with each new cohort of scholars. Your annual gift, of any size, to the Barbour Centennial Fund renews your commitment to helping graduate students thrive here at the University of Michigan.

Membership Benefits

Your membership in the Barbour Society begins once you make your first annual gift to the Barbour Centennial Fund and is maintained through ongoing annual philanthropic support.

All Barbour Society members will enjoy special benefits throughout the year. These include being listed in the online Honor Roll of Donors each spring and invitations to exclusive Barbour Society events.

Levels of Membership


10+ years of consecutive giving


4 to 9 years of consecutive giving


1 to 3 years of consecutive giving

Give Today

The Barbour Centennial Award (328668) helps mitigate the financial strain that often comes with graduate student research, including travel, resources, and living expenses.

Other Ways to Give


Please mail checks to:

Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Development and Alumni Relations 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA

Cash, Securities, Gifts in Kind

While the most common ways to give are via check or credit card, there is a variety of ways to support the Barbour Centennial Award. Find out how to give monthly or by payroll deduction, or if you would like to make a non-monetary gift, discover the advantages of gifts of securities and the opportunity for gifts in kind.

Matching Gifts

Many organizations encourage charitable giving by matching employee generosity. Take an extra moment to see if your employer will leverage your giving with a matching contribution.