MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
What is Tower Guard?
Tower Guard is a sophomore organization dedicated to serve the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at Michigan State University. Tower Guard collaborates with the RCPD to help scribe for exams, create more accessible textbooks, hold one-on-one tutoring, and build a more inclusive environment for all Spartans. Well over 85 percent of the reading for the visually impaired is done by Tower Guard, thus maintaining MSU's outstanding service to students with disabilities.
Members are selected only from the top 5% of the freshman class. After applying, approximately 80 applicants are further selected through an interview process where they must exemplify leadership qualities, unwavering scholarship, outstanding character, and a commitment to service. Tower Guard alumni are many of the highest achieving Spartans in not only Michigan and the United States, but across the globe.
Tower Guard was founded in 1934 by May Shaw, the wife of former MSU president Robert Shaw. She founded the then all female honor society as a service oriented organization which would help to serve the needs of visually impaired students at Michigan State University. In 1977, membership was opened to the outstanding male students on campus in addition to the female students. Each year, approximately 80 sophomores carry on the tradition of academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character, and commitment to service.
The current 2019-2020 Tower Guard Class