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Clare Boothe Luce Program Undergraduate Scholarships

Update (April 14, 2010): Four Students Receive Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships


As one of only ten colleges and universities selected in 2008 to receive funding from the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, Saint Anselm College was awarded $350,000 to provide full two-year scholarships to four outstanding women in the Class of 2012. Selected in their sophomore year and majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, cooperative engineering, environmental science, mathematics, natural science or physics, the chosen grant recipients will receive support to cover tuition, room, board, and fees during their junior and senior years.

"The college joins a prestigious list of colleges and universities to receive support from the Luce Program, including Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as fellow Catholic institutions such as the University of San Diego, Siena College, and Loyola University, New Orleans," said Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College. "I am humbled and grateful for this award and the confidence the Henry Luce Foundation has placed in Saint Anselm and our mission in Catholic liberal arts education."

Clare Boothe LuceClare Boothe LuceIn a career that spanned seven decades, Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, author, journalist, congresswoman from Connecticut, and U.S. Ambassador to Italy.

She was instrumental in founding the Atomic Energy Commission, which brought civilian control over atomic energy. In 1981, President Reagan named her to his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. She became a Roman Catholic following the 1944 death of her only child in an auto accident. After her own death in 1987, she left most of her estate to the Henry Luce Foundation, established by her husband, Henry Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. She dedicated her legacy to help women in fields in which they are underrepresented, including the physical sciences and mathematics as reported by the National Science Foundation.

The grant will allow Saint Anselm to build upon its success. Long a proponent of women faculty and students in the sciences, the college exceeds national averages in hiring and retaining female faculty members in math and the sciences (37.5 percent) and in the percent of female graduates in these majors (53 percent). Nearly one third of all female graduates in the relevant majors in the last ten years have enrolled in graduate school upon completion of their bachelor degrees.

Faculty Mentors

The following faculty members within the relevant majors are available to assist candidates in the application process and will serve as mentors to the recipients during their junior and senior years.

  • Prof. David Guerra, chair, department of physics
  • Prof. Mary Kate Donais, department of chemistry
  • Prof. Carol Traynor, chair, department of computer science

Anne Harrington, director of academic advisement, and Elizabeth Keuffel, director of financial aid, also serve on the selection committee.

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