The scholarship pays for graduate school for students studying the fields of art, humanities or social science. Muhammad plans to pursue a doctorate in her field of study. Her undergraduate mentors are assistant professor Noah Durst in the School of Planning, Design and Construction and associate professor Jennifer Cobbina in the School of Criminal Justice.
The National/International Fellowships and Scholarships, or NIFS, Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.
MSU has produced four Beinecke Scholars since 2011, which is when the university was invited to be a nominating institution.
“Najma is an emerging urban planner whose perspective has been shaped by her upbringing in the city of Detroit,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “Her goal is to pursue a terminal degree and use that knowledge to help create more equitable communities. MSU is proud to nominate her for this award.”