What is Tower Guard?
Tower Guard was founded in 1934 by May Shaw, the wife of former MSU president Robert Shaw. She founded the 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 young men on campus in addition to women. Each year, approximately eighty sophomores are chosen to carry on the tradition based on their academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character, and commitment to service.
As members of Tower Guard, our main commitment of service is to persons with disabilities at Michigan State University. In the course of the school year, each member of Tower Guard will spend four hours per week translating textbooks into an electronic format, reading exams and schoolwork to visually impaired students and other students with impaired reading ability. Over 85 percent of the reading for the blind is done by Tower Guard, thus maintaining MSU's outstanding service to students with disabilities.
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