Dr. Anne P. Rowe Scholarship


General Endowment


$77,819 (2021)

Year Established



Scholarships for senior students in the College of Engineering. (GF000082)


Must be a senior student in the College of Engineering. Recipients will be selected by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Dean of the College of Engineering.


Anne P. Rowe was born on February 1st, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. She lived and raised her family in Ann Arbor from 1946 to 1974 and obtained her BS and MS in chemistry, as well as her PhD from the University of Michigan.

Rowe was a distinguished NASA and University of Michigan researcher, in addition to professor at three engineering colleges. She was the first woman to receive a PhD from the University of Michigan in material science and engineering, focusing on electron microscopy studies of dental materials. Consequently, she received the University of Michigan Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award.  

She was president of the Society of Women Engineers, and she actively promoted women in engineering and science all her life. She worked as a research metallurgist/material engineer on NASA space shuttles at Lewis Research Center and the Kennedy Space Center. Moreover, Rowe was a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and then at Florida Institute of Technology. She later served as professor of chemistry at LaRoche College.

Aside from her professional career, Anne Rowe loved to travel, teach, and spend time with her family. She died on January 27th, 2012, at the age of 85, in Boulder, Colorado.