Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, a stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university or other minority serving institution for undergraduate study are eligible to apply.

Percy Pierre Fellowship

The Percy Pierre Doctoral Fellowships recognizes outstanding incoming graduate students who will contribute both to the intellectual life of their departments and to that of the broader graduate community.

2023 Percy Pierre Fellows

  • Headshot photo of Albert Edney.

    Albert Edney

    Civil Engineering

  • Headshot photo of Marco Marrufo.

    Marco Marrufo

    Electrical Engineering

  • Headshot image of Candice Penelton.

    Candice Penelton

    Computer Science

  • Headshot photo of Rafael Rivera Soto.

    Rafael Rivera Soto

    Computer Science  

  • Headshot photo of Jamie Rosas-Smith.

    Jamie Rosas-Smith

    Computer Science  

  • Headshot photo of Iyinoluwa Tugbobo.

    Iyinoluwa Tugbobo

    Computer Science

Group photo of Diversity students.

Students attending the Diversity Orientation.


Chris Acha

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Noah Barnes

Mechanical Engineering

Savannah Hays

Electrical and Computer Engineering West Virginia University Morgantown

Laura McDaniel

Electrical and Computer Engineering Morgan State University

Andy Nelson

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Alli Abolarin, Dean Scholar

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Manuel Ayala, Dean Scholar

Mechanical Engineering 

Kyle Kaeo, Dean Scholar

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Kwame Markin, Dean Scholar

Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Lorena Velásquez, Dean Scholar

Mechanical Engineering 

Gwenyth Portillo Wightman, Dean Scholar

Computer Science 

Ephrata Zelleke, Dean Scholar 

Electrical and Computer Engineering