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Four Students Receive Science Awards

April 14, 2010

Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship RecipientsFour Saint Anselm College sophomores have been chosen to receive full scholarships funded by the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation. The awards are for the students' final two years of studies.

Science majors Rachel Casazza, Allison McCarthy, Molly Parker and Sara Wojtas each will receive two year’s tuition and expenses through the foundation’s $349,000 grant to the college. They were selected based on their academic success and demonstrated commitment to a career in the sciences.

The Henry Luce Foundation strives to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering, and provides academic scholarships in fields in which women are under-represented. The scholarships are given in memory of Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), who was the widow of Henry Luce and a playwright, journalist, ambassador and first woman member of Congress.

“The college is enormously grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation for its generosity in sponsoring this opportunity,” said Fr. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. “Attracting this highly competitive grant underscores Saint Anselm’s strength in providing an educational environment that is supportive of women in math and the sciences”.

The College exceeds national averages in hiring and retaining female faculty members in math and science (37.5%) and in the percent of female graduates completing math and science majors (53%).  About one-third of those graduates enroll in graduate school upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

More about the award recipients

Rachel Casazza is biochemistry major from Pepperell, Mass., who hopes to research and teach after attending graduate school;

Allison McCarthy, of Medford, Mass., is majoring in natural science and hopes to one day research genetics;

Also a natural science major, Molly Parker, of Harpswell, Maine, dreams of conducting research;

Sara Wojtas, of Windsor Locks, Conn., is studying chemistry with plans for a career in the laboratory, either as a forensic scientist or researcher.

Photo: (left to right) Allison McCarthy, Molly Parker, Sara Wojtas, Rachel Casazza