Clara Belle Williams was graduated from Prairie View Normal and Industrial College in 1905 as valedictorian of her class with a teacher’s certificate. During the summer of 1910, she attended the University of Chicago. She was the first African American teacher in Las Cruces, New Mexico and the first African American to be graduated from New Mexico State University. In 1980 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree by NMSU. Williams Avenue, a street on campus, was named after her and her three distinguished sons who also attended NMSU and went on to become physicians. Together they built the Williams Clinic which served Chicago’s Southside for more than three decades. Mrs. Williams worked as a proud receptionist in her sons’ clinic until she retired at 91. She lived to be 108- years- old. In 2005 the University named the English building Clara Belle Williams Hall. The Clara B. Williams Scholarship is offered in honor of her legacy of lifelong education.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: JR. SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 2.5
Required Residency: US Citizen
Other requirements: Preference given to African-American students.